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Preservation Technician

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Job Summary:
The Preservation Technician in Technical Services provides all manner of repair and restoration work of Park infrastructure including but not limited to wooden structures and railings, benches, bridges, facilities, playgrounds, fountains, and masonry throughout the Park. Working under the general supervision of the Assistant Manager of Preservation, the Preservation Technician is responsible for any aspects of maintenance and repair work within the Preservation Department of Technical Services. It is expected that the Preservation Technician will work within and across Technical Services and any other Park based department on an as needed basis.

Job Description:

Reports to: Manager-Preservation 

Department: Technical Services

Status:  Full-time, Non-exempt

Position: 1023

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

  • Perform general maintenance, restoration and repair to Central Park’s historic fabric including but not limited to wooden structures, railings, benches, bridges, facilities, playgrounds, fountains, masonry work, waterproofing, and painting throughout the Park

  • Perform work with accuracy, taking precise measurements and exercising the appropriate mathematical skills to perform the necessary tasks

  • Perform work with a fit and finish that meet CPC standards commensurate with the assigned task

  • Operate various hand and power tools including power saws, drills, hammers, and power washing equipment in order to perform assigned tasks

  • Perform work in a safe and professional manner

  • Participate in all necessary training sessions and seminars

Collaboration & Communication

  • Assist in the preparation of special events as needed

  • 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

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

  • May be asked to perform snow removal and ice mitigation activities

  • Perform related work as assigned 


Additional Requirements for Preservation Technician II

  • A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience in carpentry, masonry work, wood working, painting, waterproofing, or other equivalent maintenance or repair work that is equivalent to five years’ experience

  • Demonstrated competency of essential job functions

  • CPC Internal Candidates – A satisfactory performance evaluation during each year of employment

Minimum Requirements:

  • A four-year high school diploma or equivalent; and

  • Professional work experience in carpentry, stone masonry, wood working, painting, metalworking, waterproofing, or other basic maintenance or repair work

  • Valid driver’s license required

  • Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of basic preservation and construction principles and practices.

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.

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