GARDENER, WG-5003-06/08

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 05, 2017
Closes
Jul 20, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
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 its 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 job-related elements.
  • Must possess a valid, unexpired State driver's license at application.
  • To apply pesticides in DC, must possess a DC Pesticide Applicator's License
  • You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

    You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT:

    -- Ability to do Gardening Work Without More Than Normal Supervision.

    -- To apply pesticides in D.C., employee must possess a valid and unexpired District of Columbia (D.C.) Pesticide Applicator’s License or a valid, unexpired State pesticide license with D.C. reciprocity in categories 3A, 3B and 3C.

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    APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS AND MAINTAIN A VALID AND UNEXPIRED STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.

    The incumbent MUST possess a valid, unexpired D.C. Pesticide Applicator’s License in Categories 3A, 3B, OR 3C to apply pesticides in the District of Columbia. A valid, unexpired pesticide license with D.C. reciprocity is acceptable.

    REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY PESTICIDES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, Title 20, require each employee that performs pest control activities in the District of Columbia, including governmental and state agencies, progress from being a Registered Technician to a Certified Applicator and subsequently a “Licensed Pesticide Applicator".

    Employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 must submit an application to become a Registered Technician to the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) within 30 days of the effective date of employment.

    A Registered Technician is required to take two exams in order to become a fully Licensed Pesticide Applicator as follows:

    The Registered Technician is required to take a general core exam within 180 days after submitting the application to DOEE. Registered AOC employees hired before October 1, 2014 are not required to take the “general core” exam. Employee will have the opportunity to take the test two times.

    A second exam called a Category Exam must be taken within 3 years of becoming a Registered Technician. This is a requirement to become a fully Licensed Pesticide Applicator. Employee will also have the opportunity to take the test two times.

    A Registered Technician who is unable to pass the category exam within a subsequent 3 year period will be ineligible to apply pesticides.

    Employee will have the opportunity retest twice for both exams.

    Within one year after becoming a Certified Applicator, an employee can apply to become a Licensed Pesticide Applicator. Employees who possess this license must complete refresher training and renew the license each year in order to retain the license.

    -- A valid, unexpired State driver's license is required at the time of application.

    -- To apply pesticides in D.C., employee must possess a valid, unexpired District of Columbia (DC) Pesticide Applicator’s License or a valid, unexpired State pesticide license with D.C. reciprocity in categories 3A, 3B and 3C.

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    DUTIES:

    ***The incumbent of this position is considered an “Emergency Essential Employee” and will be required to work in emergency situations and in inclement weather conditions.***

    ***Tour of duty may include holidays, weekends and rotating shifts on a regular and recurring basis.***

    -- Applicants must possess and maintain a valid and unexpired State driver's license at the time of application.

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    This position is located in the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), Horticulture Division, Gardens and Grounds Section. The incumbent of this position will perform routine maintenance and specialized horticultural tasks.

    Specifically, duties and responsibilities include the following:

    Grows and maintains the living landscape of the exterior gardens of throughout the USBG, including Bartholdi Park, the National Garden and Conservatory landscape display gardens. The incumbent will work with and be exposed to all areas of responsibility within the section and will assist in the development and maintenance of the gardens.

    Works with the Plant Recorder and Botanist to accurately identify all plants and track the living accessions.

    Oversees and manages the growth, development, propagation, labeling and care of plants, shrubs and trees. Reproduces plants through cuttings, rooting, grafting and the layering processes. Starts new plants in seed beds or cold frames. Records the type and number of plants started. Identifies the type of fertilizer used on the plants.

    Installs aesthetic and/or educational displays for special exhibits. Lays out and designs the display, selects and labels the plants, maintains and rotates plants in the exhibit. Ensures that plants are healthy, well grown, and that the display areas are clean and orderly.

    Conducts classes, workshops, and tours to educate the public about plant collections.