About 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 Park sees a unique and extraordinary level of use, with over 42 million visits per year.
The Central Park Conservancy (“the Conservancy”), a private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park, which had fallen into serious disrepair at that time. Since its founding, the Conservancy has grown to be fully responsible for the physical maintenance and upkeep of the Park through a management agreement with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. To date, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of the Park, employs nearly 400 people, and has an operating budget of $100 million.
Reporting to the Chief of Park Operations, the Vice President for Landscape Management and Horticulture (“VP” or “Vice President”) leads several important teams in the care and management of Central Park’s plants and horticulture, as well as related support services and administrative functions. The VP is a key member of the Conservancy’s Senior Leadership Team and works to create and maximize opportunities for collaboration across departments and functions.
The VP is responsible for ensuring that the Park’s landscapes, horticulture, and other assets are maintained to the highest level of care, remain in line with the Park’s original design intent, and are managed with a cohesive vision throughout the Park. The work is highly collaborative and requires regular interface with other departments across the Conservancy. Responsibilities include management of the Park’s landscapes, natural areas, trees, turf, water bodies, and gardens, in addition to management of the Conservancy’s Five Borough Crew that supports New York City Parks in other locations across the city.