The AOC is accepting applications for an Urban Forester. This position is located at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officers, Superintendent Capitol Grounds, Gardening Division. The incumbent serves as an Urban Forester and works closely with the Tree Care Section. The Urban Forester plans, organizes, coordinates and implements urban forestry programs for the AOC.Learn more about this agency
It is desirable that the selectee be an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and must be able to obtain a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) certification.
This position is located at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officers, Superintendent Capitol Grounds, Gardening Division. The incumbent serves as an Urban Forester and works closely with the Tree Care Section. The Urban Forester plans, organizes, coordinates and implements urban forestry programs for the AOC. Leads work performed by seasonal and contract staff.
This position is essential. The incumbent is required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather situations.
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.
Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
It is desirable that the selectee be an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and must be able to obtain a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) certification.
This position may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11 or GS-12 level. If starting at the lower levels, developmental assignments will be given with the goal of attaining the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the GS-12 level.
Responsible to develop and lead the overall urban forest program for the Capitol arboretum including plant records, tree canopy assessment and planning, environmental benefits and impacts, oversee arboriculture contracts, public outreach and education and protection of trees during construction and special event activities.
Leads the jurisdiction in management of all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) records from all sections. Creates plant record information in the living collection management system. Obtains, enters, tracks and maintains current object information and memorial tree data. Resolves conflicts or solves problems with the database. Serves as liaison and contact for management on matters related to plant records.
Coordinates day-to-day departmental administrative tasks as they relate to assigned plant records. Works with Tree Care Branch to schedule, perform and record periodic tree care programs including, but not limited to, tree inventories, level 1, 2 and 3 tree risk assessments, cable and lightning protection inspections. Collaborates with Tree Care Branch to make recommendations for removals, hazard mitigations and plantings.
Keeps up to date with any changes to administrative procedures, database management, correspondence format, equipment, software and related matters.
Supports the administration in particular the management of information related to living collection assets to a variety of entities inside and outside of the Capitol Grounds Arboretum.
Prepares and/or proofreads texts such as plant display and accession labels, interpretative texts, brochures, promotional materials and catalogues, as assigned.
Prepares reports, in proper formats utilized by the AOC, for funding and asset management.
Develops public outreach and education programs in accordance with arboretum accreditation.
Determines and implements a succession plan for memorial, historic and other noteworthy trees of the Capitol arboretum. Propagates select species to ensure the progeny of the historic trees of the U.S. Capitol arboretum survive for future generations. Cares for propagules and grows seedlings for succession plan.
Conducts studies related to the preservation of the historic cultural landscape and urban canopy of the arboretum.
Works with agency representatives to provide protective measures to landscape during planning processes for events and construction projects. Monitors tree protection zones during construction projects and ensures compliance.
Monitors tree health, recommends and applies chemical and biological applications as part of an IPM program. Investigates and utilizes sustainable approaches to arboriculture management and investigates new methods.
Performs trash clean-up and removal.
Manages financial obligations to the urban forestry program through development of budget justifications, monitoring spending and tracking accountable property.
Develops Scopes of Work (SOW) and serves as Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) for various arboretum contracts including, but not limited to, soil management, pest and disease control and emergency tree removal.
The incumbent must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. The incumbent must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on-the-job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Uses required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Who May Apply
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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 the job-related KSAs
- You must meet the education requirement
- You must possess and maintain a valid, unexpired State driver's license
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education:
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must provide sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.
Applicants must possess and maintain a valid and unexpired State driver's license at the time of application.
To apply pesticides in the District of Columbia Applicants must possess a valid and unexpired D.C. Pesticide Applicator’s License or a valid, unexpired State pesticide license with D.C. reciprocity in categories 3A, 3B, 3C.
QualificationsYou must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must have specialized experience, directly related education OR a combination of experience and education as described below.
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in forestry or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting in the management of a forestry program to include performing tree care, monitoring tree health, electronically tracking plant records, and working on outreach and education efforts.
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector OR possess three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in forestry or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. Specialized experience is defined as experience in the management of a forestry program to include performing tree care, monitoring tree health, managing a Geographic Information system (GIS), developing outreach materials, and serving as contract representative.
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience in the management of a forestry program to include performing tree care, monitoring tree health, managing a Geographic Information system (GIS), developing outreach materials, serving as contract representative, and applying state-of-the-art methods and techniques in the care of complex and historic tree species.
Basic Education Requirements:
Degree: Forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:
- Management of Renewable Resources-- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management.
- Forest Biology-- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.
- Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory-- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.
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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 http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.
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 http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm
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
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 knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) 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 knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
- Knowledge of and skill in applying concepts, principles, practices and methodology of urban forest management.
- Knowledge of urban forest health and appropriate treatments of pests, fungi, diseases and abiotic conditions and associated treatments.
- Knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and computer programs relating to work agendas, budget and tree collection management.
- Ability to perform COTR and financial management duties.
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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The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.
To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.
We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.
Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.
For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.
If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).
If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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