Architect of the Capitol - Washington, DC

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About the Agency

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 .

The AOC prides itself on our Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism. The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards. 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. We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day. TRAVEL REQUIRED
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
Must be able to pass a drug test.
Resume and question responses must demonstrate related job elements.
Must possess a current valid and unexpired state driver's license. DUTIES: Back to top

The incumbent is a grower of specialized plant groups and is responsible for developing, executing, and maintaining educational horticultural exhibits of tropical, subtropical, temperate, and arid plants. Maintains and cultivates specialized plant group collections. Plants, seeds, and plant materials are handled in a way that minimize damage and maximize viability. Water and nutrients are applied to suit media conditions, plant requirements, and propagation techniques. Proper greenhouse conditions are maintained regarding temperature, humidity, ventilation, and levels of lighting.

The incumbent fosters optimum horticultural displays by designing aesthetic and educational plant displays using project plans, master landscape, and long range plans to achieve desired exhibit results. Shares plant collections information with the public by conducting classes, workshops, and tours. Directs small groups of staff and volunteers in the performance of plant maintenance and care projects. Organizes work areas. Sweeps and cleans greenhouse floors; removes trash and debris; and coils hoses. Complies with and actively participates in sustainability efforts including composting, recycling, and energy reduction initiatives.

Monitors plant pest population and life cycles. Determines threshold levels and applies the appropriate physical, cultural, and biological or chemical controls.

Removes snow and ice from sidewalks and steps in inclement weather to ensure safe conditions. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
Applicants will be evaluated on their job-related competencies rather than on duration of their work experience. Qualifications will be determined by job relevance, scope, and value of experience and training. Suitability will be evaluated based on the applicant’s responses to the job elements identified.

You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

If required, you must meet the selective placement factors required for this position.



Applicants must possess a valid and unexpired District of Columbia (DC) pesticide applicator's license in categories 3A, 3B, and 3C to apply pesticides in DC OR be registered with the DC Department of the Environment to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days after the effective date of appointment. The incumbent will be given 24 months from the effective date of employment to take and pass the test(s) required to obtain the DC pesticide applicator's license.
Up-to-date pesticide applicator's licenses that are held in states that have reciprocity with DC may be transferred within 90 days from the effective date of employment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the required registration and license are not obtained within the time periods specified, the incumbent will be terminated for failure to meet the conditions of continued employment. 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 do the Work of the Position Without More Than Normal Supervision

Technical Practices

Use of Measuring Devices

Ability to Interpret Instructions and Specifications

Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

Knowledge of Materials and Supplies

Dexterity and Safety

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 no 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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OTHER INFORMATION: Applicants must be a United States Citizen.

This is an Excepted Service Position in the Architect of the Capitol, a Legislative Branch agency of the Federal government. The position does not require or confer civil service Competitive Status.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System . If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

This is a Bargaining Unit position .

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC’s suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

Background Investigation - The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-VERIFY system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - Selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a six (6) month trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

All Federal employees are encouraged to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

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