The Architect of the Capitol is accepting applications for a GARDENER at the United States Botanic Garden to be responsible for propagating and cultivating a wide variety of plants.
The US Botanic Garden (USBG) began in 1816, when the constitution of the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences in Washington DC proposed the creation of a botanic garden to collect, grow and distribute plants of this and other countries. The USBG is a botanic garden and an accredited museum supported by the US Congress. The AOC and the USBG are proud to offer citizens and visitors a beautiful and fascinating living plant museum on our Nation's Mall. The USBG's public gardens are located in Washington DC on the US Capitol campus. It includes the Conservatory, exterior gardens including the National Garden and the Frederic Auguste Bartholdi Park.
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 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 State driver's license at the time of application.
Grade and Salary:
WG 6-9 $21.26 to $30.55 per hour
Transplants, Aerates, Prunes 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.
The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.
To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.
We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.
Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.
For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.
If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).
If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.