You 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.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops.
A combination of education and specialized experience in courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included course work as described above plus appropriate specialized experience or additional education.
Additional Qualification Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as described below.
One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.
To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.
Examples of specialized experience for this position include the following.
(1) Evaluated and diagnosed structural and horticultural issues in plant materials and trees to determine the proper corrective action.
(2) Following plans and approved horticultural practices and procedures, installed new plant materials.
(3) Prepared and maintained special beds including pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, spraying plant materials, and applying pesticides.
(4) Supplied and arranged plants for events, maintained exterior landscape plants, and promoted knowledge and understanding of plants.
(5) Coordinated the production of standard and non-standard plant specimens, such as temperate plants, tropical and subtropical plants, and display crops.
You may substitute education for specialized experience. In order to substitute education for specialized experience, you must have three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.
TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS, AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND RECURRING BASIS.
APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED STATE MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER'S LICENSE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED D.C. PESTICIDE APPLICATOR'S LICENSE IN CATEGORIES 3A, 3B, AND 3C OR BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPOINTMENT.
IMPORTANT NOTE: IF THE REQUIRED LICENSE IS NOT OBTAINED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED, THE INCUMBENT WILL BE TERMINATED FOR FAILURE TO MEET THE CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT.
EXPERIENCE SUPERVISING A WORKFORCE COVERED BY A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT IS DESIRABLE.
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:
-- Ability to organize and direct complex horticultural projects, set priorities and deadlines to meet established goals and objectives.
-- Knowledge of the principles, concept, and practices of botany and horticulture.
-- Knowledge of plant collections, characteristics, and nomenclature.
Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter.
Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.
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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