Central Park Conservancy – Assistant Landscape Architect
Posted: Monday, September 18, 2023
Reports to: Studio Assistant, Landscape Architecture
Department: Capital Projects
Job Type: Full-Time/Exempt
About the Central park conservancy
Central Park is one of the world’s most famous and beloved urban public spaces. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre Park was the country’s first purpose-built public park 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 then, 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 public-private partnerships worldwide. The Conservancy employs roughly 400 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.
The Conservancy recently completed a seven-year plan, Central Park Conservancy, A Plan for the Stewardship of Central Park: 2020-2027, focusing on the ongoing capital investment of the last four decade’s investment of more than $1 billion into Central Park.
The Central Park Conservancy is seeking an assistant landscape architect to join the department of Capital Projects. Reporting to the Studio Director for Landscape Architecture, the position will take part in the design and implementation of restoration and reconstruction projects in Central Park. Candidates should exhibit strong skills in all areas of professional practice, with an emphasis on effective project design, graphic presentations, construction documentation experience, and involvement in project implementation.
The Capital Projects department is responsible for and supports the Conservancy’s 42-year effort of restoration and stewardship of New York’s Central Park, with an ongoing program of work that includes historic and ecological landscape and water body restorations, redesign of playground and recreation facilities, infrastructure modernization and a wide range of architectural rehabilitation projects. The department is approximately 30 people of primarily landscape architects, architects, and engineers whose focus includes the planning, design, and construction of projects of varying complexity, program, and scale.
- Conduct site inventories and prepare
- Assist in preparing project scopes of
- Prepare and develop designs throughout all project
- Prepare illustrative and written material required to convey design intent, including for donors, community groups, and regulatory commissions.
- Conduct materials research and coordinate
- Prepare contract documents including drawings and
- Assist in preparing cost estimates throughout all project
- Assist in coordination with the department’s construction team during the construction administration phase, including RFI and submittal review, CD’s clarification, and preparing field reports.
- Maintain up-to-date project
- Perform other duties as required throughout project
- Degree from an accredited program in Landscape
- A minimum of 1-3 years of experience in landscape architectural
- Competencies in design development with technical proficiencies in grading, horticulture/planting design, construction detailing and materials knowledge.
- Solid proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suites and MS Office. Working knowledge of Rhino and Lumion
- Strong written and verbal communications, technical and organizational
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of collaborative interdisciplinary
Salary range: $60K to $65K based on experience level.
Please apply using this link. Please submit a portfolio.
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.
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 follow 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/they should alert other employees and notify his/her/their 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.
$60,000 to $65,000 annually
New York City
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