Gardener (Advanced) Supervisor

Washington, D.C
Mar 27, 2023
Apr 02, 2023
Full Time

*** This position is essential and will be required to report to work during adverse weather emergency and will be required to work overtime in emergency situations***

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday (6:00 AM - 2:30 PM) Hours May Change Due To Needs of Management

To apply pesticides in the District of Columbia (D.C.), the incumbent must possess a valid D.C. pesticide applicator's license in categories (3A) exterior ornamental plants, (3B) interior plant-scapes and/or (3C) turf grass, dependent upon the pesticides used.

Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the required licenses or registration are not obtained within the time periods specified, the employee will be terminated for failure to meet the conditions of continued employment.


Exercises the full range of supervisory duties and responsibilities over the gardener workforce. Participates with managers and supervisors in the initial planning of current and future work schedules, budget requests, staffing needs, estimates and recommendations to schedule projected work. Plans work operations and determines the sequence, priority and time to perform particular operations. Exercises administrative authority to plan the use of workers, equipment, facilities and materials. Plans work assignments based on general work schedules, methods and policies set by higher level supervisors. Coordinates work with supporting and related work functions controlled by other unit supervisors, contractors and United States Capitol Police (USCP). Determines the workers needed to accomplish specific projects. Redirects individual workers and resources to accomplish unanticipated work.

Investigates work-related problems such as excessive costs or low productivity and determines cause. Implements corrective actions to resolve work problems. Recommends solutions to staffing problems and work operations directed by other supervisors. Orders supplies, equipment, tools and materials necessary for the functioning of the gardener workforce and sees that they are properly used, stored, maintained and inventoried.

Performs administrative and technical supervisory functions for subordinates. Assigns duties to and evaluates their performance. Manages the organizational unit's budget and workload. Develops performance requirements for subordinates and ensures a mutual understanding of the performance standards. Resolves complaints and grievances as delegated by higher level supervisors.

Provides leadership to ensure support for equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals and requirements. Practices non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory employment actions and prevents unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, age or disability. Provides for employee skills enrichment through job related coaching, mentoring and training. The incumbent will foster a culture of learning, sharing, cooperation and teamwork that improves efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization.

Utilizes a thorough knowledge of and complies with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed areas. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is utilized. Routinely checks to verify that subordinates are using all required PPE.

Operates a personal computer to perform the administrative work of the division such as approving time and attendance, maintaining directories and logs and preparing correspondence and memoranda. Initiates and closes out work orders used to document all work activities.

Horticultural Operations

Recommends new plants and designs for the Capitol Buildings' outdoor and indoor gardens. Collaborates with AOC staff to improve the appearance and quality of gardens and parks. Initiates creative to achieve high impact and visual beauty.

Follows and utilizes Cultural Landscape Reports (CLR's) to determine landscape renovations and maintenance.

Directs and performs tasks in planting, transplanting and caring for flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns. Cultivates the soil; adds fertilizers; plants seeds, seedlings, bulbs, shrubs and trees; waters; mulches; applies pesticides; trims, prunes and transplants when necessary; and arranges plants in designs and patterns.

Support of AOC Special Events

Participates in special events and programs with AOC staff, USCP, Sergeants at Arms, Construction Management Division and Superintendent of Buildings to coordinate and ensure specific goals. Directs and assists Division staff to set up and take down security fencing and barricades for emergencies, demonstrations, concerts, the Inauguration and other special events.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.
  • You must have a valid, unexpired driver's license at time of application.
  • Must apply for pesticide Registered Tech within 30 days of employment.

"To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States."

Note: Please be advised that federal retired annuitant candidates may only be considered as a temporary employee if the role can be filled in that capacity.


You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

-- Have ability to supervise employees in the performance of gardening work. (Screen-out)

Your application must show that you have sufficient training and/or experience to perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement

-- Possess a valid, unexpired driver's license at the time of application.

-- Apply to become a pesticide "Registered Technician" in the District of Columbia within 30 days of the effective date of employment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the required licenses or registration are not obtained within the time periods specified, the incumbent will be terminated for failure to meet the conditions of continued employment.

Additional 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 .

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 who is not currently an AOC employee 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

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee 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.