Washington D.C.
Jul 14, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Full Time

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

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.

  • Not Required

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

    SCREEN-OUT: Ability to perform the work of the position without more than normal supervision which includes working independently, showing job responsibility and exercising initiative.


    Not Applicable


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

    • A valid, unexpired driver’s license is required.
    • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification or an accredited tree expert license is desired.

    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Capitol Grounds, Gardening Division, Tree Care Branch. The incumbent is an Arborist Worker engaged in tree care practices to preserve and maintain historical and memorial trees located on the U.S. Capitol grounds in accordance with the historic Olmstead landscape design.

    The Arborist Worker will assist a higher-level Arborist by performing a variety of worker level tasks related to the care of trees and ornamental shrubs. Specific duties include the following:
    • Prunes and assists in cutting down diseased, dead, fallen or damaged trees.
    • Cuts trees and tree limbs so as to promote healing and growth.
    • Works from a bucket truck, ladder and climbs into trees using ropes, knots, rigging and hitches to perform cutting and pruning tasks.
    • Prunes trees and ornamental shrubs to obtain proper balance between roots and top growth and to modify or retain natural form.
    • Plants and transplants trees.
    • Applies standard fertilizing practices and adjusts acid or alkaline conditions of the soil in line with plant requirements.
    • Treats diseases and mineral deficiencies as instructed and applies proper chemical compounds.
    • Operates various grounds maintenance equipment such as blowers, brush chippers, stump grinders, plow trucks, skid loaders, air spades, etc.

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