Gardener
Department of the Army - Fort Belvoir, VA

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Welcome to the Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation Activities at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. We proudly serve Military Members, Retirees, DOD Civilians and Family members in the surrounding area.

Our military mission is global. As a strategic sustaining base for America's Army the work we do is vital to the success of the goals and objectives of the nation's defense strategy. A list of the organizations who call Fort Belvoir home reads like a "Who's Who" of the Department of Defense. No other Army installation in the world can compare to Fort Belvoir and its singular mission to provide logistical, intelligence and administrative support to such a diverse mix of commands, activities and agencies. Fort Belvoir has changed in many ways over the past several years, but some things will always remain the same. As dedicated stewards of the environment, we will continue to work always to conserve the natural beauty of the land around us, and to preserve our standing as one of America's enduring installations. Belvoir will always mean "Beautiful To See."

This position requires incumbent to perform non-supervisory work requiring knowledge of gardening procedures and skill in growing and tending lawns, flowers, shrubs, and trees. The work includes preparing soil for plants seeding thinning transplanting trimming pruning, fertilizing, aerating, mulching, spraying, and dusting of grass, ground cover, flowers, shrubs and trees.

NOTE: This is a Non-Appropriated Fund Regular Part (RPT) position that includes NAF Benefits with 20 guaranteed work hours per administrative week. Incumbent may be scheduled to work 20-39 hours per administrative week.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Social Security card is required
  • Pictured ID required

DUTIES: Schedules and may be assisted by lower level employees in preparing planting areas; watering, fertilizing, planting, pruning and trimming plants, shrubs and trees. Maintains flowers and seeded areas to ensure attractive appearance. Determines quantities of plants and materials required for specific areas. Identifies and applies treatment for plant disease, insects, and related problems.

Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Knowledge of plants and gardening procedures is required to determine proper conditions and methods for planting and cultivating (types and amount of fertilizer to use, amount of watering and space for growing space, etc...). Skill in applying fertilizers evenly and placing seeds and plants at proper depths. Skills in operating hand and power tools and equipment (seeders, spreaders, edgers, hedge trimmers, pruning shears, and sprayers). Ability to recognize and treat for plant diseases, insects, and/or unusual or poor plant growth. Knowledge of fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides and the ability to read and follow direction in order to spray or dust with chemicals.

Conditions of employment:

1. A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection. 2. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

3. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" 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. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant.

4. All required background check of AR 215-3 must be successfully completed and maintained. Satisfactory completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) that will be initiated prior to appointment to a NAF position.

5. Social Security Card must be presented at time of appointment.

6. Work is done outside, possibly in rain or in uncomfortable hot humid conditions.

7. Required to wear protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses.

8. Required to work holidays and weekends.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies: Ability to perform the duties of a gardener, physical effort, knowledge of material, ability to use and maintain equipment, ability to interpret instructions, and understand integrity certification.

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

BENEFITS: Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) Regular Part Time (RPT) positions include the following NAF Benefits: Annual and Sick leave, Retirement Plan and 401(k) Plan, Health and Life Insurance, Long Term Care Plan Insurance and Flexible Spending Account. For additional benefits information please refer to http://www.armymwr.org/hr/nafbenefits/default.aspx .

Conversion of employment category (from Flex to RPT/RFT) may be accomplished without further competition in accordance with AR 215-3.

OTHER INFORMATION: To successfully claim veteran's priority consideration, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Refusal of a military spouse to participate in established recruitment procedures (e.g. interview, KSA's, where required, etc.) is considered a declination of employment and is a basis for termination of SEP entitlement for the current PCS of the sponsor. To claim Military Spouse Preference you must have been married to the sponsor prior to the reporting date on the orders.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest

The Department of Army Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities are an equal opportunity employer.

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