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Natural Areas Technician


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Job Summary:
The Natural Areas Technician in the Landscape Management Department provides all manner of care and maintenance of all landscape areas including all hardscapes within the Natural Areas consisting of Hallett Nature Sanctuary, Ramble, North Woods and meadow areas within Central Park. Working under the general supervision of the Foreperson, the Natural Areas Technician is responsible for all aspects of landscape care within the Natural Areas. It is expected that the Natural Areas Technician will work within and across their area and with other staff in Landscape Management to perform their primary tasks.

Job Description:

Reports to: Manager-Natural Areas

Department: Landscape Management

Status:  Full-time Non-exempt

 

About the Park and Central Park Conservancy

Built between the years 1858 and 1873, Central Park is almost entirely man-made and considered to be a single work of art. Composed of natural elements – turf, natural areas, and water bodies, along with architectural elements, this 843 acre National Historic Landmark requires a unique set of skills to maintain these features to the highest standards. Founded in 1980, the mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public.


Summary of Essential Job Functions:

Technical Operation:

  • Provide general landscape care and maintenance within the Natural Areas
  • Care for and maintain all landscapes and hardscapes including invasive plants and maintenance of native and aquatic plants in the Natural Areas according to an established schedule to organizational standards
  • Mowing, string trimming, irrigation, basic irrigation system maintenance, weeding, mulching, raking, sweeping, pruning, planting and other related duties
  • Installs and repairs fence as needed and as directed
  • Support waste management operation by picking up and performing proper disposal of trash in landscapes and paths; empties trash cans as necessary; sweeps around benches, stairs and entryways
  • 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
  • Maintain surface drainage by keeping catch basins free of debris during heavy rain storms and remaining snow and ice in the winter months


Collaboration & Communication:

  • Assist in the preparation of special events as needed
  • Works with volunteers and seasonal interns
  • Cooperate with other staff within the department and other department personnel in completing assigned tasks
  • Displays the necessary initiative and dependability to work alone or in groups
  • Interact with Park patrons and colleagues in a courteous and professional manner
  • May perform tours of the Natural Areas discussing plants, ecology and maintenance as needed

 

Related Work:

  • Operate various types of equipment including utility vehicle, light or medium weight trucks and tractors
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order and report items that require repair
  • Participates in all training sessions and seminars.
  • Daily reports of malfunctioning infrastructure, furnishings, safety hazards, quality of life issues
  • Perform related work as assigned  

 

Minimum Requirements:

  1. A four-year high school diploma or equivalent; and
  2. Professional work experience in Landscape Management and/or urban woodland restoration
  3. Valid Drivers’ License that must be maintained for duration of employment

 

Additional Requirements for Assignment to Natural Areas Technician II

  1. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience in landscaping, park maintenance, turf maintenance that is equivalent to 5 years’ experience;
  2. Demonstrated competency of essential job functions.
  3. CPC Internal Candidates - A satisfactory performance evaluation during each year of employment.

 

Abilities Required

  • Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions

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CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.


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).  If an employee discovers a potential 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