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Horticulturist (Garden Supervisor)
Category: Horticulture


Architect of the Capitol\
Washington, DC

Salary: $63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Job Title: HORTICULTURIST (GARDENER SUPERVISOR)

Department: Legislative Branch

Agency: Architect of the Capitol

Job Announcement Number: WP-BG-2014-061

 

SALARY RANGE:  $63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:  Wednesday, February 26, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:  GS-0437-11
POSITION INFORMATION:  This is an Excepted Service position and does not require or confer civil service Competitive Status - Permanent, Full Time
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  11
DUTY LOCATIONS:  1 vacancy - Washington DC
WHO MAY APPLY:  Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.
SUPERVISORY STATUS:  Yes


JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) 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 553 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 also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its 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.


TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.


DUTIES:

TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS, AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND RECURRING BASIS.

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED STATE MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER'S LICENSE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED D.C. PESTICIDE APPLICATOR'S LICENSE IN CATEGORIES 3A, 3B, AND 3C OR BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPOINTMENT.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF THE REQUIRED LICENSE IS NOT OBTAINED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED, THE INCUMBENT WILL BE TERMINATED FOR FAILURE TO MEET THE CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT. 

EXPERIENCE SUPERVISING A WORKFORCE COVERED BY A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT IS DESIRABLE.

This position is located in the Gardens and Grounds Section under the Horticulture Division at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). As supervisor of the Gardens and Grounds Section, the incumbent will be responsible for adhering to the highest professional horticultural standards in the planning, appearance, operation, and management of the USBG’s outdoor gardens and grounds, including Bartholdi Park, the National Garden, Conservatory Courtyards and adjacent grounds, and the Production Facility grounds.

More specifically, the incumbent provides administrative and technical supervision necessary to accomplish day-to-day activities. Plans and coordinates work operations, establishes priorities and work sequences, makes work assignments, sets deadlines, obtains resources needed to accomplish timely completion of assigned projects. Provides technical guidance in accomplishing difficult tasks. Ensures that the staff are fully trained and comply with health and safety provisions.

Develops displays, shows, and exhibits of temperate, tropical, and subtropical plants. Keeps a record of accessioned plants. Properly labels plants with their names and interpretations.

Determines the growing schedules for plants that are put into production for display. Using knowledge of plant characteristics and cultivation techniques, determines required growth conditions by selecting, mixing, measuring, applying, and adjusting soil conditions.

Determines the need for watering, trimming, pruning, feeding, and insect and plant disease control when scheduling maintenance and plant care assignments. Applies fertilizer and chemical control agents using foliage feeding, root feeding, and soil additive techniques.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position.  You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review on the OPM web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


Basic Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops.


OR

A combination of education and specialized experience in courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included course work as described above plus appropriate specialized experience or additional education.

Additional Qualification Requirements:

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as described below.

Specialized Experience:
One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience for this position include the following.

(1) Evaluated and diagnosed structural and horticultural issues in plant materials and trees to determine the proper corrective action.

(2) Following plans and approved horticultural practices and procedures, installed new plant materials.

(3) Prepared and maintained special beds including pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, spraying plant materials, and applying pesticides.

(4) Supplied and arranged plants for events, maintained exterior landscape plants, and promoted knowledge and understanding of plants.

(5) Coordinated the production of standard and non-standard plant specimens, such as temperate plants, tropical and subtropical plants, and display crops.

OR

You may substitute education for specialized experience. In order to substitute education for specialized experience, you must have three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.

TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS, AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND RECURRING BASIS.

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED STATE MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER'S LICENSE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED D.C. PESTICIDE APPLICATOR'S LICENSE IN CATEGORIES 3A, 3B, AND 3C OR BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPOINTMENT.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF THE REQUIRED LICENSE IS NOT OBTAINED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED, THE INCUMBENT WILL BE TERMINATED FOR FAILURE TO MEET THE CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT. 

EXPERIENCE SUPERVISING A WORKFORCE COVERED BY A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT IS DESIRABLE.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.
  
Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.  

The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
 
--  Ability to organize and direct complex horticultural projects, set priorities and deadlines to meet established goals and objectives.

--  Knowledge of the principles, concept, and practices of botany and horticulture.

--  Knowledge of plant collections, characteristics, and nomenclature.

Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating.  You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions.  Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter.

Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions.  Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.
 
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application). 
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:
You can review our benefits at: https://careerconnector.jobs.treas.gov/aoc/vacancy/preview!benefits.hms?orgId=1749&jnum=101520


OTHER INFORMATION:
Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System.  If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.
 
DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC’s suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.
 
The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.
 
The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm
 
The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
 
Moving expenses are not authorized.
 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
 
Probationary Period- Selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.


HOW TO APPLY:

You MUST apply online. FORMS RECEIVED BY FAX, EMAIL OR U.S. POSTAL SERVICE DELIVERY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying.  You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position.  For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page.
 
NEED HELP?
If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available!  If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at MGSHELP@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. 

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs “Saved Documents” feature.

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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of:

1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. A cover letter is optional.

Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the KSAs in the job announcement.  Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be fully substantiated by information contained in your resume. 

2. Transcripts:  You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements.  Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts.  It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements.  Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.  

Supporting Documentation:
 
You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:
 
1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Architect of the Capitol application site which you access through the USAJobs site.

 OR

2) You can fax your documents using the system generated fax cover sheet.
 
Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

MGS Help Desk
Phone: 1-866-656-6831 
Email: MGSHELP@monster.com

Agency Information:
Architect of the Capitol
2nd and D Street, S.W.
Washington, DC  20515
US

 

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.  After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  
 
You can check the status of your application by logging into http://www.usajobs.gov.  You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes.  Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within two (2) weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.

 

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