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Smithsonian Gardens-Horticulturist (Pathways Recent Graduates)-Wed, 04/29/2020 - 3:29pm

Horticulturist (Pathways Recent Graduates)


Smithsonian Gardens
600 Maryland Ave SW
Washington , DC 20024

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Job Description 

This position is located in the Grounds Management Operations (GMO), Smithsonian Gardens (SG), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The employee assists with the design, care, maintenance, and interpretation of the gardens located on Smithsonian grounds in the Washington, DC metro area.

Successful applicants are placed in a 1-year developmental program at the GS-5 level with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. At the successful conclusion of this program you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional or term position (promotion potential to GS-7 level).

Open & closing dates 04/29/2020 to 05/13/2020

Pay scale & grade GS 05

Salary $39,291 to $51,082 per year

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Duties & Responsibilities 

As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will receive both formal and on-the-job training to develop the required knowledge and skill to successfully perform the duties of the position. Those duties will include:

Assures that proper pruning, watering, weeding, planting, fertilizing, cleaning, mulching, pest control, equipment operation, and water feature maintenance are carried out in area of responsibility, following industry standards.

Monitors and manages a holistic garden care program for turf, irrigation, trees, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) independently and in correlation with SG specialists.

Operates a wide variety of equipment including skid steers, forklifts, snow plows, snow blowers, utility vehicles, leaf vacuums/blowers, string trimmers, hedge shears, rototillers, mowers, chainsaws, etc. to complete assignments. Participates in SI wide snow removal program, working as a team member to assure safe access to all museums, support facilities and parking lots.

Assists in the establishment of procedures for landscape management including the care of annual bedding plants, tropical foliage plants, interior plants, woody plants, herbaceous perennials, new installations, fertilizing, chemical weed control, pest control and safety.

Education and Experience 

Conditions of Employment

Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
May need to complete a Probationary Period
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Must be able to obtain and maintain DC or MD pesticide certification.
Must have valid state driver's license.

Program Requirements: You must have obtained a qualifying Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous 2 years. Veterans (precluded from applying due to military service) must be appointed within 6 years of receiving their degree or certificate.

Participates in weekend or rotating weekend and holiday duty schedule.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

You must meet these Basic Education Requirements (Individual Occupational Requirements):
Degree: 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.


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

Evaluation of Education: Courses in botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, and similar courses may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in basic plant sciences.

The 16-semester-hour requirement in horticulture includes course work in basic horticulture and course work related to any of the recognized subject-matter fields of horticulture, i.e., fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, nursery work, seed production, or course work in related areas of science, such as micro-biology, entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, or genetics that is directly related to horticultural work.

Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5).

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James Gagliardi