Volunteer Coordinator, Landscape Management

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Compensation: $53,700 - $67,100

Reports to: Manager, Landscape Management
Department: Landscape Management
Status: Non-Exempt
Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public spaces in the world. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built public park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year. 

The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of the Park’s care, including landscape maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience. Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management, the Conservancy also serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. The Conservancy employs 330 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.

The Position
Working under the general supervision of the Assistant Manager, the Volunteer Coordinator is the primary liaison between Landscape Management staff and CPCs volunteer office and is responsible for the daily direction of volunteers working at pre-determined projects and ensuring all work meets acceptable organizational practice. It is expected that the Volunteer Coordinator will work across departments and with other staff in Park Operations to perform their primary tasks.


  • Works with the Manager and Assistant Manager to identify projects and sites appropriate for volunteer groups. 
  • Coordinate, schedule, plan and implement all projects that involve individuals who are volunteering time. This includes but is not limited to adult, family, teen, school and corporate groups. 
  • Communicates with volunteers via email and phone regarding assignments and other general correspondence
  • Provides hands on site supervision to volunteers on activities such as weeding, sweeping, raking, planting, pruning and mulching. 
  • Works alongside volunteers and provides instruction to and guides in the proper techniques of landscape management and in the proper use and care of tools, equipment and materials 
  • Monitor and ensure volunteer engagement, productivity, compliance and status of work assignments
  • Keep simple records and make written reports including regular tracking of volunteer hours and attendance and any other required reports needed by the Volunteer Department
  • Ensures all work is in accordance with established annual work plan 
  • Inspects and ensures all work is performed to meet organizational standards of methods and practices, safety and other established requirements 
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order and report items that require repair; ensures volunteers have appropriate uniforms
  • Operate various types of equipment including golf carts, light or medium weight trucks and tractors


  • Cooperate with other staff within the department and other department personnel in completing assigned tasks
  • Assist in the preparation of special events as needed 
  • Interact with Park patrons in a professional manner 
  • Daily reports of malfunctioning infrastructure, furnishings, safety hazards, quality of life issues
  • Perform related work as assigned 


  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college in a related field; 3 years of increasingly responsible experience; demonstrated ability to work well and collaborate with others; or 
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. However all candidates must have demonstrated the ability to work well and collaborate with others
  • A valid Drivers’ License must be maintained throughout the duration of employment 
  • Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of customer service and/or volunteer management. 
  • Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of landscape maintenance; ornamental and native plant material cyclical care including planting, pruning, weeding, and removals
  • Ability to provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content 
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking skills that allow for prioritizing issues, coordinating multiple projects and problem solve 
  • Knowledge of computer equipment and Microsoft Office applications 
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays as part of regularly scheduled shifts and ability to work overtime as needed
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions

Additional Information

Salary range: $53,700 to $67,100 (based on level of experience)
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION-The Central Park Conservancy’s work is guided by the belief that Central Park, and all public parks, must be managed and actively protected as an inclusive and democratic space for all.

Working closely with our New York City partners, we will always strive towards creating and sustaining a sense of belonging for all visitors and advocating for equitable and accessible public use of the Park. In service of this belief, we are committed to fostering a workforce and organizational culture that is as diverse as Central Park itself and the dynamic city it serves.

Safety Requirements - Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations. Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities. Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.). If an employee discovers a potentially dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

Disclaimer -The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Contact Information

Central Park Conservancy
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