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Smithsonian Intitution-Horticulturist-Mon, 05/06/2019 - 9:04am



Smithsonian Intitution
600 Maryland Ave SW Ste 3300
Washington , DC 20024

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This position is located in the Smithsonian Institution's (SI), Smithsonian Facilities (SF), Smithsonian Gardens(SG). SG provides professional and technical services directly affecting the SI through public impact, theory fulfilling its mission to enrich the Smithsonian experience through exceptional gardens, horticultural exhibits, collections, and educations.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Designs garden spaces and landscapes that utilize unique, underused, or new plant material to engage visitors, differentiate SG from other public gardens, and provide year-round interest.
Develops, implements, and leads a sound horticultural program for the SI's public gardens and landscapes in multiple, complex areas.
Operates a wide variety of equipment including skid steers, forklifts, snow plows, snow blowers, utility vehicles, leaf vacuums/blowers, string trimmers, hedge shears, etc. to complete assignments. Participates in SI wide snow removal program.
Provides educational programs to wide ranging audiences including SI staff and coworkers, volunteers, interns, industry professionals and the public. Presents lectures and gives tours.

Education and Experience 

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.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above you must have the following:

Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as working in a public garden, estate garden, botanical garden, zoological park, commercial landscape or landscape nursery setting performing horticulturist duties such as landscape design, landscape maintenance, and specialized powered equipment operations in display gardens; and preparing oral informational documents, providing tours, and giving presentations on plant and gardens to diverse audiences.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education:

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree


Master's or equivalent graduate degree

Completion of graduate level education in the amounts shown, in addition to meeting the basic requirements, is qualifying for positions at grades GS-7 through GS-11, and GS-12 research positions if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Must have and/or be able to get valid pesticide license 3A and 3B within 60 days of appointment.

Application Instructions 

How to Apply
Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:

You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Agency contact information
Connie Royal




Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
suite 5060
Washington, District of Columbia 20013-7012
United States
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Smithsonian Gardens