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Job Title:  Gardener
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration
Job Announcement Number:  RP-14-MRD-1020661-917-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.54 to $25.16 / Per Hour
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Schuylerville, NY View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  1020661 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve.  You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. The National Cemetery Administration will serve all Veterans and their families with the utmost dignity, respect, and compassion. Every national cemetery will be a place that inspires visitors to understand and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our Nation's Veterans. For more information about the National Cemetery Administration, visit

This position is for a Gardener at the GBH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerviller, NY.
The Gardener prepares the soil for plants, seeds, transplants, trims, prunes, fertilizes, and aerates, mulches and  sprays herbicides, both post/pre-emergent, insecticides, and pesticides.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Must have and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a state pesticide applicator license.


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The Gardener prepares the soil for plants, seeds, transplants, trims, prunes, fertilizes, and aerates, mulches and  sprays herbicides, both post/pre-emergent, insecticides, and pesticides. Prepares new planting areas for flower beds, trees, shrubs and grasses. Prunes shrubs, trees and other plants to remove obvious defects and excess branches to obtain proper balance between roots and top growth, and to modify the natural form of the tree, shrub, or plant.  Installs landscaping materials. Operates equipment routinely used in the maintenance of high quality stand of turf grass. This equipment includes aerification and thatch removal devices, plant and tree pruning equipment, and complex automatic turf grass irrigation systems. Safely operates all types of equipment utilized in cemetery operations, including tractors, excavators, dump trucks, and utility vehicles. When necessary incumbent may assist in interment operations, and must be able to operate backhoes or excavators for excavating gravesites.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Promotion Potential: The position is at the full performance level.
* Work Schedule: May be required to work Monday through Friday to include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day and Veteran's Day each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery. Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform emergency overtime work. 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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Your background must demonstrate work involved in gardener activities, including soil preparation, pest control, and landscape maintenance. You will be required to be certified by the state of New York or Department of Agriculture as a certified applicator in the following items: ornamental and turf, forest pest control and general pest control. You must obtain certification within one year of appointment to the WG-08.
 A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence of specialized experience, which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position, must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (
 SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions. The screen out elements for this position are:

--Ability to do the job of a gardener without more than normal supervision.
--Ability to possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Other job elements are:
--Knowledge of technical practices to plant, grow, and maintain turf grass, shrubs, trees, plants, and flowers
--Ability to interpret instructions and specifications
--Knowledge of gardening tools and materials
--Dexterity and Safety

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work requires moderate effort in maneuvering large vehicles and in hooking up heavy equipment attachments to tractors. This position requires the incumbent to lift weights up to 50 pounds on a recurring basis. Items weighing greater than 100 pounds will be lifted with assistance. Most of the work involves twisting, climbing lifting, bending, crouching, kneeling, leaning, stretching, bouncing, sitting, standing, stooping and carrying.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Works outside in all kinds of weather. In addition, when operating vehicles, drives in all types of weather and traffic and is exposed to the possibility of accidents. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Incumbent is exposed to heat, cold, wind, dirt, dust, mud, and water in the performance of the duties of this position.
 IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS  REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that substantially exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.
  • Qualified - applicants possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities that meet the minimum qualifications of the position.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded absolute preference by being placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management office.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire ( View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form and faxing the completed form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete this cover page using 1020661. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:·

    • Résumé
    • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
    • Veterans' Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent that shows character of discharge, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate.
    • Current federal employees and past federal employees with reinstatement eligibility must provide a current SF-50 and the most current performance appraisal.
    • Use this checklist to ensure you've submitted everything.  You will not be contacted for additional information. 



Human Resources
Phone: (317)916-3660
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
NCA HR Center
Thank You, IN
Fax: (478)757-3144


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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