Reports to: Manager of Park Maintenance

Department: Park Maintenance

Status:  Non-Exempt

About Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy

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 urban life. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of its 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 roughly 400 people and has an operating budget of $100 million.

The Position:

Working under the general supervision of the Manager of Park Maintenance, Park Maintainer IIIs have a strong commitment to worker and driver safety and are responsible for operating a variety of heavy duty vehicles and motorized equipment to collect and transport waste and recycling and perform other duties that support park and vehicle maintenance.

Essential Duties

  • Drive vehicles requiring a Valid Class B Commercial Drivers’ License full sized packer truck, mini packer trucks, and pickup trucks in a safe and efficient manner to provide park maintenance services such as picking up solid waste and recycling from designated drop spots within Central Park and other locations as needed      
  • Drive waste and recycling to designated dump locations and maintain accurate records     
  • Monitor park drop spots to ensure they are properly maintained and submit work orders for needed maintenance
  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles, conduct pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections, and address or report any vehicle issues that may affect safe operation
  • Assure that any vehicles used are properly fueled, equipped, lubricated, and serviced
  • Wash interior and exterior of any vehicles used as needed including the packer trucks
  • Immediately notify supervisor of repair needs or safety hazards related to the vehicles, tools, or any other hazards encountered in the field

Collaboration & Communication

  • Assist in preparation and clean up for special events as needed
  • Engage frequently and in a friendly, professional manner with members of the public and volunteer groups
  • Display initiative and dependability while working alone or alongside staff

Related Work

  • Perform snow removal and ice mitigation on paths, entrances, playgrounds, perimeter and other hard surfaces with machines and physical labor to provide appropriate levels of access as per established organizational standards
  • Operate various types of equipment including utility vehicles
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order and report items that require repair
  • Participate in all trainings and professional development
  • Perform related work as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • A four-year high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • Demonstrated work experience; and
  • Valid Class B Commercial Drivers’ License valid in the State of New York and must be maintained for duration of employment
  • Ability to safely operate and drive packer truck with air brakes on assigned route within Central Park and New York City streets
  • Ability to safely operate other heavy equipment including FELs and dump trucks
  • Experience with hydraulic, rear loading compactor trucks

Abilities Required

  • Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays as part of regularly scheduled shifts and occasional overtime as needed
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions


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.

Salary range:  $55K-$67K (based on experience)

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 potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.


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