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    The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems.

    Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Since 1934, it has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol.

    The Garden has been recognized as a museum and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. This accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval that recognizes a museum's commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.

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

    ***Tour of duty may include holidays, weekends and rotating shifts on a regular and recurring basis.***

    -- Applicants must possess and maintain a valid and unexpired State driver's license at the time of application.

    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden (USBG), Horticulture Division, Horticulture Branch, Gardens and Grounds Section. This section is responsible for maintaining and developing the majority of the USBG's gardens and grounds, including Bartholdi Park, The National Garden and Conservatory surrounds. The Gardener will be responsible for propagating and cultivating a wide variety of plants and reports to a Gardener Supervisor but may be assigned to any section of the Horticulture Division as the workload demands.

    The position may be filled at the Gardener (Advanced) level, journey-level or worker-level. If starting at the lower levels, developmental assignments will be given with the goal of attaining the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the WG-9 level.

    Major Duties:

    Transplants, Aerates, Prunes and Trims Plants

    Plants, transplants and cares for trees, shrubs and flowers.

    Uses expert knowledge of seasonal schedules, project plans, weather suitability, soil moisture and plant growth stages to ensure optimum growth of a wide variety of plant species.

    Plants seedlings, bulbs, shrubs and trees in patterns, beds and in selected locations to achieve a pleasing appearance of the gardens and grounds.

    Cares for and maintains a wide variety of temperate plants as part of the USBG living collection. Waters and fertilizes plants and removes dead foliage and spent flowers and prunes according to ANSI, ISA and horticultural standards.

    Prunes a wide variety of plants utilized as specimen plantings, hedge rows and focal points. Prunes plants to obtain the desired configuration for the garden plan. Monitors plants in surrounding areas to determine pruning requirements.

    Propagates and Cultivates Soil and Plants

    Serves as an authoritative source, utilizes various fertilizing techniques, as required, to provide optimum growth and health of plants.

    Recognizes and controls cold damage, mineral deficiencies and plant diseases.

    Selects, measures, mixes and applies appropriate chemical control agents to control weeds, common plant diseases and insects as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

    Prepares, Roots, Grafts, Layers and Documents Plants and Beds

    Utilizes horticultural knowledge to properly prepare planting beds to encourage optimum plant growth and health.

    The incumbent will adjust plant maintenance to safely accommodate thousands of daily visitor movements and takes initiative to inform and answer questions.

    As required, directs a small group of staff, volunteers and summer employees in the performance of plant maintenance.

    The incumbent must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. The incumbent must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on-the-job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Uses required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    Removes snow and ice from sidewalks and steps in inclement weather. Applies salt, sand and other melting agents to clear areas and ensure safe conditions.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

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  • Job family (Series)

    5003 Gardening

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493617800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.