Gardener (Advanced)

Washington, D.C
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol; Office of the Chief Operating Officer; Office of the Facility Manager, Supreme Court Buildings and Grounds; Operations and Maintenance Division; Grounds Branch. Applies horticultural technology, gardening, engineering equipment operation, and grounds keeping skills to maintains the optimum appearance and health of the exhibits and floral displays, grass, interior and exterior ornamental plants, landscape design, shrubs, and trees.

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Core Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. with the option of an Alternative Work Schedule.


*** This position is essential--Employee is required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather situations***

This position is organizationally located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Facility Manager, Supreme Court Buildings and Grounds, Operations and Maintenance Division, Grounds Branch. The incumbent is a Gardener (Advanced) and applies horticultural technology, gardening, engineering equipment operation, and grounds keeping skills to develop and enhance the Supreme Court Buildings and Grounds interior and exterior superior floral appearance.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

Control of Plant Diseases, Insects, and Weeds

Recognizes unusual plant diseases. Applies proper treatment to alleviate the conditions. Records corrective procedures used.

Measures and applies fertilizer and chemical control agents.

Plant Cultivation and Displays

Designs and creates displays and exhibits of plants throughout the Supreme Court Buildings and Grounds. Performs the entire range of tasks that support the planning for and creation of displays of varieties of flowers, grasses, ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Ensures that plants are healthy, well grown, and the display areas are clean and orderly.

Initiates and coordinates plant displays involving the propagation and cultivation of unusual and exotic plants, shrubs, and trees. Maintains and cares for displays of interior subtropical, tropical, and arid plants and trees. Plants and preserves trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers, gardens, and lawns for the exterior historical landscape of our Nation's Supreme Court.

Reproduces plants through cuttings, rooting, grafting, and layering processes.

Horticulture Practices and Grounds keeping

Prunes and trims plants and shrubs to maintain good plant health and treat unusual plant conditions. Mows and maintains lawn grasses. Cleans up and removes fall leaf accumulations using hand tools, vacuums, blowers, and sweepers.

Removes trash, debris, and weeds from assigned areas.

Clears snow and ice from sidewalks and steps to provide for safe conditions.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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 possess and maintain an unexpired state driver's license.


The selectee MUST possess a valid, unexpired D.C. Pesticide Applicator's License in Categories 3A, 3B, and 3C.


Be registered to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days of the effective date of employment. The employee must obtain a pesticide applicator's license within 24 months of the effective date of appointment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the above required license or registration are not obtained within the time period specified, the selectee will be terminated for failure to meet the conditions of continued employment.


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

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.
  • Ability to do Advanced Gardening Work Without More Than Normal Supervision


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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the job elements for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following job elements and competencies:

1) Ability to do Advanced Gardening Work Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out)

2) Knowledge of Technical Gardening Practices

3) Ability to Interpret Instructions and Specifications

4) Ability to Use and Maintain Gardening Tools and Equipment

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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