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Gardener
Category: Horticulture


U.S. Botanic Garden
Washington, DC

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Gardener, WG-5003-08 


ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:
WP BG-2013-042
  APPLICATION DEADLINE:
02/11/2013
JOB LOCATION:
Washington,Dist of Columbia
  OPEN DATE:
01/14/2013
SALARY RANGE:
22.76
26.45
  LOCATION NOTES:
Washington DC
PAY SCHEDULE:
Hourly
  WHO MAY APPLY:
Unrestricted
TIME LIMIT:
Permanent - No time limit
  PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
8
NUMBER OF VACANCIES:
1
  WORK SCHEDULE:
Full Time


 




 

AGENCY MARKETING STATEMENT:

  • The mission of the Architect of the Capitol is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 470 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC delivers professional expertise on the preservation and curation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.aoc.gov. 

    CORE VALUES 

    The AOC prides itself on our Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism. 

    The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards. 

    We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence. 

    We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day. 


 

NOTES:

  • Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, Horticulture Division, Garden and Grounds Section

    THIS POSITION IS BEING FILLED THROUGH AN ON-LINE APPLICATION SYSTEM. 

    To apply, go to www.aoc.gov or http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/aoc/applicant.html (Be sure URL is typed in all lower case).

    ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIRED FORMS MUST BE ATTACHED AS TEXT OR IMAGE FILES TO YOUR JOB APPLICATION. FORMS RECEIVED BY FAX, EMAIL OR U.S. POSTAL SERVICE DELIVERY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.

    Application submitted by any form of mail delivery will not be accepted. 
    DO NOT email, fax or deliver applications or forms for this vacancy. All applications must be submitted, and forms attached, on-line through AVUE Digital Services.

    ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSE AT 11:59 PM ON THE CLOSING DATE.
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    Incumbent of the position must possess and maintain a valid, unexpired state driver's license at the time of application.

    TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND CONTINUAL BASIS -- WORK SCHEDULE WILL BE OTHER THAN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
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    *****APPLICANTS MUST BE U.S. CITIZENS*****


 

DUTIES:

  • This position is located in the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Horticulture Division, Gardens and Grounds Section. This Section is responsible for maintaining and developing the majority of the USBG's gardens and grounds, including Bartholdi Park, The National Garden and Conservatory surrounds. Under the supervision of a Gardener Supervisor, the incumbent works from project plans, master landscape designs and long-range propagation and landscape plans to make independent judgments within the framework of sound gardening practices. 

    Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Performs various tasks in the care and maintenance of plants, shrubs, and trees which includes plant propagation, soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilizing, bed renovation, insect and disease control, mulching, pruning, thinning, staking, transplanting, trimming, integrated pest management, and lawn care. Measures and applies fertilizers and chemical control agents. Oversees and manages the growth, development, propagation, labeling, care and ongoing USBG investment in a specialized set of plants and ensures the plant quality, distribution, maintenance and information related to the plants.
  • Reproduces plants through cuttings, rooting, grafting, and layering processes; starts new plants in seed beds or cold-frames; and records the kind and number of plants started, the kind of fertilizer used and other pertinent information.

    Plans and implements appropriate refurbishment of gardens including digging, dividing, and rearranging of plants to deal with invasive plants and keep gardens properly maintained. Prunes plants in artistic ways to enhance both plant health and garden experience. 

    Designs and plans attractive plant displays for year round interest. Accessions plants, monitors and handles proper labeling of plants for the public, and creates accurate interpretation of plants and gardens. 

    Provides information to the public about the plant collections through classes, workshops and/or tours. As required, may also direct and coordinate a small group of staff and/or volunteers and summer employees in the performance of plant maintenance and care projects.

    Participates in planning and implementing USBG exhibits and special events. Related tasks include planting in terrace boxes; moving, carrying and arranging potted flowers, equipment, and materials, etc. Installs aesthetic and/or educational displays related to the plants or plant families maintained within the Division which includes display layout and design, selection and labeling of plants, maintenance and rotation of plants in the exhibit.

    Maintains an Integrated Pest Management program within the assigned area. Monitors pest populations and life cycles; determines threshold level and applies appropriate physical, cultural and biological or chemical controls.

    Recognizes and controls infrequent plant diseases, cold damage and mineral deficiencies. Records corrective procedures used, incorporating IPM and any other new processes applied to achieve desired results.

    Maintains the upkeep of assigned area by removing trash and debris. Ensures that pots, plants, and gardens are free of weeds and weed problems.

    During inclement weather, removes snow and ice from sidewalks and steps. Applies salt, sand and melting agents to clear area and provide safe conditions.

 

Contact Information:

Armetia Mobley
202.226.8136
amobley@aoc.gov

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