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National Gallery of Art-Gardener-Tue, 03/14/2023 - 9:34am



National Gallery of Art
7th and Constitution NW
Washington , DC 20004
United States
District Of Columbia US

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Job Description 

This position is within the Division of Horticultural Services which maintains 10 acres of exterior landscape, the 6-acre Sculpture Garden, 4 interior gardens, 9 greenhouses, and 3 specialty gardens of the National Gallery of Art (NGA).

Open & closing dates:
03/10/2023 to 03/24/2023

$24.58 - $28.67 per hour

Pay scale & grade:
WG 06

Promotion potential:
08 - Promotion potential to the WG-8

1 vacancy

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Duties & Responsibilities 

The incumbent is a gardener with multitask assignment with primary emphasis on special event set-up, interior maintenance, operation of landscape equipment, and exterior landscape maintenance.

The incumbent is a gardener with a multitask assignment with primary emphasis on exterior plant maintenance as well as interior plant maintenance, special event set-up and greenhouse maintenance.

Knowledge of Interior Plant Maintenance: Watering according to the types of plants; Pruning: Recognizing the need to prune plants based on factors such as size and type of plant; Recognizing the need for plant rotation according to conditions; Safe gardening and handling practices when working in close proximity to Art.

Mixes correct types and quantities of chemicals as directed for spraying floral and foliage plants for insects and/or diseases. Applies soil amendments as instructed by Gardener Leader or Horticulturist.

The gardeners must work around priceless objects of art, with the safety of the art as a primary concern. The position requires unconventional gardening practices, in that special equipment and procedures are instituted to ensure the safety of the art within the building and the Sculpture Garden.

Fertilizing and watering floral and foliage plants. Reporting floral and foliage plants. Propagating floral and foliage plants by cuttings, seeds, bulbs, layering, or division. Mixing and sterilizing greenhouse soils.

Transplanting Trees and Shrubs: A. Proper digging techniques; B. Proper methods of ball and burlapping; C. Proper staking technique.

There are occasions when lifting or moving heavy objects is required. Incumbent should have the ability to lift 80-100 pounds. The incumbent should have the ability to walk for a period of 4-8 hours.

Education and Experience 

Candidates must meet the Occupational Qualification requirements for WG-5003-6 which includes possession of the following job elements:

78. Ability To Provide Production Support Service**

25-E. Technical Practices.

60. Use of Measuring Instruments.

75-B. Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications; Other than Blueprints.

81. Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment.

82-A. Knowledge of Materials.

86. Dexterity and safety.

Candidates must ensure that their submitted USAJOBS résumés thoroughly demonstrate their possession of these job elements. If their résumés do not include specific evidence of these job elements, they will be found ineligible for these positions.

Application Instructions 

Steps to submit a complete application:

You must have an active USAJOBS account and be logged in.
You must have a completed resume associated with your USAJOBS account.
Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click on the 'Apply Online' button to get started.
You will be given the option to include your resume, documents, and demographic information from your USAJOBS profile. You will then be transferred to the National Gallery of Art's application tracking system. If you select documents from your USAJOBS account, you MUST complete the download process in a later step or your USAJOBS documentation WILL NOT be transferred! See Step 6.
You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 4), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure whether your documents went through, please contact the Agency Contact listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received!

We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Full Name 
Brett McNish