Pathways Intern (Landscape Architect)

Washington D.C.
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
Full Time

25% or less - Travel for site visits may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • You will be required to execute a Pathways Intern Agreement
  • You must continue to meet program requirements throughout employment.
  • The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You may be expected to travel 25% or less for this position. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
  • All applicants must meet basic program, education, and experience requirements as indicate below, by the end of the spring 2018 semester, or at the start of the summer employment period, whichever comes first.

    Specialized Experience Requirements:

    The following is a summary of the OPM qualification standards. More information may be obtained at:

    Grade 5 requirements: You may qualify at the grade 05 level by education, experience, or a combination of the two.
    Completion of a 4 year program of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in landscape architecture or landscape design, or directly related field of study, fully meets the requirements at the grade 5 level. For each year short of graduation, you must have 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance which included original landscape design.

    Grade 7 requirements: You may qualify by any of the following:
    1) Successful completion of a 5 year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or landscape design, or directly related field of study.
    2) Successful completion of a 4 year program of study leading to a bachelor's degree in the fields above, which included superior academic achievement (SAA) as evidenced by one of 3 ways: class standing; grade point average, or membership in a national honor society. For more information click here:
    3) Successful completion of a 4 year program of study leading to a bachelors degree in the fields above, and one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-5 level include, but are not limited to, the following: preparing detailed on-site measurements of selected landscape architectural sites and recording them in field notebooks for later transcription into measured drawings; performing architectural drafting and minor detail design.

    Volunteer Experience: 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.

    You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

    To qualify based on education: You must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a 4 year course of study, or the equivalent, in Landscape Architect or Landscape Design. You must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

    Applicants at the grade 5 only, for each year short of graduation, you must have 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance which included original landscape design.

    You will NOT be considered under Pathways unless you provide supporting information from your school. Documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. to prove enrollment OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain all relevant information as listed above. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.

    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

    If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment.

    Physical Demands: The work involves both sedentary office and physically active work in the field, and from time to time, includes meetings outside the office building.

    Working Conditions: The work environment is typically an office except for fieldwork, which includes all modes of travel and adapting to varied and often strenuous working conditions. Safety training and briefings may be required depending on the situation.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

    • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
    • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
    • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
    You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
    • Communications and Media
    • Design
    • Design
    • Landscape Architecture

    Applicants will be evaluated on the following three skills: 1. hand lettering; 2. freehand sketching and 3. precision computer-aided drafting.

    Work Samples: Landscape Architects measure buildings, landscapes, industrial structures, sites, and objects, including floating vessels, to produce existing-conditions drawings in CAD, including drawings that interpret and explain landscaping in relation to the same. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to produce, standard two-dimensional landscape architectural drawings (site plans, plans, elevations, sections, details, axonometrics). Applicants who possess three-dimensional modeling skills should also submit appropriate examples. Work samples should be accompanied by a short explanation, including a description of technique (e.g. freehand pencil sketch, AutoCAD 2013 drawing, etc.). Work samples are required and must be uploaded directly into USAJOBS. If you have any questions, contact Makeba Coleman, on 202-.354-1918.

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