Job Overview

Summary

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?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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 http://www.cem.va.gov/.

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

Duties

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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No