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Job Title:Gardener

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Architect of the Capitol

Hiring Organization: U.S. Botanic Garden

Job Announcement Number:WP BG-2013-129

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$19.49 to $22.75 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-5003-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent - No time limit

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, Dist of ColumbiaView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Public

JOB SUMMARY:

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol 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 470 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 delivers professional expertise on the preservation and curation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.aoc.gov.

CORE VALUES:

The AOC prides itself on our 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.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=PXRWD.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

This position is located in the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), Horticulture Division, Exhibits and Displays Section. This Section is responsible for producing the majority of the USBG's program plants including, but not limited to, foliage, palms, vegetables, and many other plants that support special conservatory and outdoor gardens exhibits and programs. The incumbent will be assigned to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position at the USBG's Production Facility as well as in the conservatory and gardens located near the US Capitol.
Specifically, the incumbent maintains and cultivates groups of specialized display plants. Waters, fertilizes and maintains the proper greenhouse conditions on temperature, humidity, ventilation and light levels for the plants.
Repots and divides plant groups as needed to maintain the proper balance of foliage to root mass to provide long term care in a container or growing bed. Keeps plants free of weeds and ensures that the floors in the greenhouses are kept clean.
Propagates (by division, cuttings, tissue culture, seeds or air layering) the plant groups at the appropriate time as needed. Maintains accurate plant propagation records. Requests labels as necessary. Keeps plants organized and sequenced for grow schedules.
Assists in maintaining an Integrated Pest Management program within the Horticulture Division. Monitors pest populations and life cycles; determines threshold level and applies appropriate physical, cultural and biological or chemical controls.
Maintains knowledge of seasonal schedules and works on grow schedules of plants.


Helps install aesthetic or educational displays related to the plants or plant families maintained within the Section or other Sections. This may include layout and design of the display, selecting and properly labeling the plants, maintaining and rotating plants in the exhibit.
Takes an active approach to make the Garden more sustainable, including composting, soil re-use, and re-using other recyclable materials.
Assists in removal of snow and trash, recycles, sweeps, and cleans on a regular basis.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired. Applicants will be ranked and rated based on their knowledge of the job elements identified in this announcement.

PESTICIDE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS ON VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW HIRES:

A valid District of Columbia (D.C.) pesticide applicator's license in categories 3A, 3B and/or 3C is required to apply pesticides in D.C. The required license category(ies) is dependent upon the location of the position.

The requirement must be satisfied using one of the following methods.

(1) The selected new employee who does not possess a valid D.C. pesticide applicator's license will be required to register with the D.C. Department of the Environment to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days after the effective date of his/her appointment.

Additionally, the selected employee will be given 24 months from the effective date of his/her appointment to take the required test(s) to obtain the appropriate valid D.C. pesticide applicator's license. The 24-month period includes the 90-day registration period.

(2) The selected new employee who currently possesses a valid and up-to-date pesticide applicator's license issued by Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states that have reciprocity with D.C. will be given 90 days from the effective date of his/her appointment to transfer that license to D.C.

(3) The selected new employee who currently possesses a valid and up-to-date pesticide applicator's license issued by a State that does not have reciprocity with D.C. will be given 24 months from the effective date of his/her appointment to obtain the appropriate license.

Important Note:

If the required registration and license are not obtained within the time periods specified above, the selected employee will be terminated for failure to meet the qualifications of the position.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT AOC GARDENERS

The requirements for current AOC employees whose official position of record is classified as 'Gardener, WG-5003' as of April 22, 2008, are as follows:

(1) Current AOC Gardeners, WG-5003, Applying for Non-Supervisory/Non-Leader Vacant Positions:

(a) The selected employee must register with the D.C. Department of the Environment to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days after the effective date of his/her new assignment.

(b) The employee will have 24 months from the effective date of his/her new assignment to take the required test(s) to obtain the appropriate D.C. pesticide applicator's license. (The 24-month period includes the 90-day registration period.)

(c) If the employee is unable to obtain the appropriate pesticide license within the 24-month period after making at least three (3) documented attempts, the employee may remain in the position provided a current registration is maintained.

(2) Current AOC Gardener, WG-5003, Applying for Supervisory/Leader Vacant Positions:

(a) At the time of application, the employee must have a current registration to apply pesticides under a licensed pesticide applicator.

(b) The appropriate D.C. pesticide applicator's license must be obtained in all required categories within 24 months of the new assignment.

(c) If the license cannot be obtained within the 24-month period, the employee may be returned to his/her previous position provided the position remained vacant. If no position is available, the employee will be terminated for failure to meet the qualifications of the position.

Possession of a valid, unexpired state motor vehicle driver's license.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

LOCATION: U.S. Botanic Garden, Horticulture Division, Exhibits and Displays Section

THIS POSITION IS BEING FILLED THROUGH AN ON-LINE APPLICATION SYSTEM.

To apply, go to www.aoc.gov or http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/aoc/applicant.html (Be sure URL is typed in all lower case).

ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIRED FORMS MUST BE ATTACHED AS TEXT OR IMAGE FILES TO YOUR JOB APPLICATION.

FORMS RECEIVED BY FAX, EMAIL OR U.S. POSTAL SERVICE DELIVERY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If you are unable to apply on-line, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call 202-226-7000.

ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSES AT 11:59 PM ON THE CLOSING DATE.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

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Possession of a valid, unexpired state motor vehicle driver's license is required.

TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS, AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND CONTINUAL BASIS -- WILL BE OTHER THAN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

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*****APPLICANTS MUST BE U.S. CITIZENS*****

This is an Excepted Service position in the Architect of the Capitol, a Legislative Branch agency of the Federal government. The position does not require or confer civil service Competitive Status.

Applications submitted by any form of mail delivery will not be accepted.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

The Office of the Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This Office prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, genetic information, 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation; training and development opportunities, etc.

Selected applicant(s) may be eligible to earn a higher annual leave accrual rate credit towards annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal or uniformed service work experience. The amount of service credit will be based on specialized experience or qualifying experience that is provided on the applicant profile submitted. As such, if you are a new employee to the Federal Government or a rehire, it is important that you provide a work history that lists all directly related positions held, and it must include the dates of employment (month/day/year).

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. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-VERIFY system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment.

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.

Selectee(s) 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.

The position requires that the incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=PXRWD.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Armetia Mobley
Phone: 2022268136
Fax: 0000000000
Email: jobapps@aoc.gov
Agency Information:
Architect of the Capitol
2nd and D Street, SW
FHOB, RM. H2-178
Washington, Dist of Columbia
20515
US
Fax: 0000000000

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Job Announcement Number:

WP BG-2013-129

Control Number:

345388700