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    The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) 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 553 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 also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at www.aoc.gov.

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    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.

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    *** The incumbent of this position is considered an “Emergency Essential Employee” and will be required to work in emergency and inclement weather situations. ***

    • A valid, unexpired driver’s license is required.
    • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification or an accredited tree expert license is desired.
    • Must possess a valid, unexpired District of Columbia Pesticide Applicator's License (or a valid State license reciprocal with D.C.) for pesticide license categories 3A, 3B and 3C to apply pesticides.

    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Horticulture Division, Collections Section. The incumbent is responsible to grow and maintain museum quality living arboricultural accessioned collections. This includes tree care practices to grow, preserve and maintain a wide variety of tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and historical trees for the entire USBG public campus and production facility.

    The incumbent works under the day-to-day general supervision of the Gardener (Advanced) Supervisor and/or the Supervisory Horticulturist. Performs a variety of worker level tasks related to the care of trees under the guidance and assistance of a certified Arborist.

    Prunes and assists in removal of diseased, dead, hazardous and otherwise unwanted trees. Also prunes trees and ornamental shrubs to obtain proper balance between roots and top growth and to modify or retain natural form.

    Performs specialized pruning on tropical tree species such as palms and ficus located within the conservatory. Many conservatory plant species are over 50 feet tall and will often grow to reach the conservatory glass ceiling and mechanical systems at nearly 90 feet. These specimens require advanced skilled climbing, pruning and rigging techniques not often used in the trade. Therefore, the incumbent must be able to safely ascend living arbor specimens without damaging the tree and without the use of aerial lifts. The incumbent must be able to comfortably work at height while learning to overcome challenges aloft.

    Adjusts the nutrient content of soil based on prescribed soil test recommendations. Propagates, grows and plants a wide variety of trees. Makes decisions with Plant Curator on which species to propagate, number of propagules and plans for long term care. Works with the Plant Recorder to ensure all plant information is accurately entered into the USBG living collection database.

    Works with the Plant Health Care Specialist to diagnose and control pest infestations and diseases by selecting the proper Integrated Pest Management strategy. Many pest challenges are unique and not common to the trade.

    Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Complies with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Adheres to all ISA and ANSI Best Management Practices Ensures the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/460784800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.