In order to qualify for this position, applicants must have at least one year of relevant specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience performing construction/architectural project management functions sufficient to oversee, analyze, and evaluate construction phase activities and design practices.
Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: guiding and directing the coordination of construction/architectural project plans; implementing construction and design principles and practices; conducting integrated project delivery functions.
NOTE: IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT(S) ABOVE, APPLICANTS MUST ALSO MEET THE BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW.
Basic Education Requirements for Landscape Architect: Degree: Landscape architecture or landscape design. Note: Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in an accredited college or university must be obtained.
Combination of Education and Experience -- for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design.
Experience Equivalent to a Degree in Landscape Architecture: A degree in landscape architecture indicates that an applicant has the basic background to perform professional landscape architectural work at the beginning levels, and has the potential to develop the skills and abilities required at the higher levels. Experience may be substituted for education to the extent that it provided the equivalent back-ground. However, because an education provides some knowledge that cannot be measured in terms of course content, but rather is part of general knowledge and cultural background gained as a result of interrelationships among courses, careful judgment must be used in evaluating experience substituted for education as provided for in paragraph B of the basic requirements.
Applicants who apply on the basis of experience in lieu of education are required to show how their background is equivalent to a degree. In order to qualify at the entrance level, non-degree applicants typically must have experience or study that included site planning; layout of circulation patterns; grading and drainage plans; planting plans; collaboration with architects and/or engineers; and the supervision or review of landscape construction.
Evaluation of Experience: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional landscape architectural experience: routine drafting or developing of plans where original investigations or designs are not involved; laying out or executing illustrations in black-and-white or in color; nursery work involving the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines, etc.; experimental, horticultural, or landscape gardening; breeding, testing, propagation, culture, and production of plants, flowers, trees, crops, etc.; forestry work involving the management of forest resources for the continuous production of timber, water, forage, and other forest values; architectural and engineering work limited to the design of structures; work in city and community planning that relates primarily to the broad social and economic growth of cities and communities and the organization of community services and facilities.
To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/
This position requires the submission of an academic transcript to verify possession of the specialized/positive education requirement. Failure to fulfill the submission of this required document will result in your application being considered incomplete. Education degree program(s) must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Experience overseeing architectural/engineering project management and construction management activities, sufficient to guide, direct and quality assure the coordination of project plans
Experience analyzing, identifying and implementing construction and design project management principles and practices sufficient to interpret and ensure compliance with laws and regulations
Experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams sufficient to manage geographically and functionally dispersed projects
Experience conducting integrated project delivery (IPD) functions sufficient to improve efficiency and streamline construction projects
Experience leading subordinates and monitoring performance measures
Be sure that your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions. Your responses to the questions must be substantiated by your resume and/or supporting documentation. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings will be changed and you may be removed from employment consideration.