The mission of the Architect of the Capitol 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 470 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 delivers professional expertise on the preservation and curation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.aoc.gov.
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.
Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=VCHCT .
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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)
This position is located in the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Horticulture Division, 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. Under the supervision of a Gardener Supervisor, the incumbent works from project plans, master landscape designs and long-range propagation and landscape plans to make independent judgments within the framework of sound gardening practices.
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Performs various tasks in the care and maintenance of plants, shrubs, and trees which includes plant propagation, soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilizing, bed renovation, insect and disease control, mulching, pruning, thinning, staking, transplanting, trimming, integrated pest management, and lawn care. Measures and applies fertilizers and chemical control agents. Oversees and manages the growth, development, propagation, labeling, care and ongoing USBG investment in a specialized set of plants and ensures the plant quality, distribution, maintenance and information related to the plants.
Reproduces plants through cuttings, rooting, grafting, and layering processes; starts new plants in seed beds or cold-frames; and records the kind and number of plants started, the kind of fertilizer used and other pertinent information.
Plans and implements appropriate refurbishment of gardens including digging, dividing, and rearranging of plants to deal with invasive plants and keep gardens properly maintained. Prunes plants in artistic ways to enhance both plant health and garden experience.
Designs and plans attractive plant displays for year round interest. Accessions plants, monitors and handles proper labeling of plants for the public, and creates accurate interpretation of plants and gardens.
Provides information to the public about the plant collections through classes, workshops and/or tours. As required, may also direct and coordinate a small group of staff and/or volunteers and summer employees in the performance of plant maintenance and care projects.
Participates in planning and implementing USBG exhibits and special events. Related tasks include planting in terrace boxes; moving, carrying and arranging potted flowers, equipment, and materials, etc. Installs aesthetic and/or educational displays related to the plants or plant families maintained within the Division which includes display layout and design, selection and labeling of plants, maintenance and rotation of plants in the exhibit.
Maintains an Integrated Pest Management program within the assigned area. Monitors pest populations and life cycles; determines threshold level and applies appropriate physical, cultural and biological or chemical controls.
Recognizes and controls infrequent plant diseases, cold damage and mineral deficiencies. Records corrective procedures used, incorporating IPM and any other new processes applied to achieve desired results.
Maintains the upkeep of assigned area by removing trash and debris. Ensures that pots, plants, and gardens are free of weeds and weed problems.
During inclement weather, removes snow and ice from sidewalks and steps. Applies salt, sand and melting agents to clear area and provide safe conditions.
MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired. Applicants will be ranked and rated based on their knowledge of the job elements identified in this announcement.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW HIRES:
A valid District of Columbia (D.C.) pesticide applicator's license in categories 3A, 3B and/or 3C is required to apply pesticides in D.C. The required license category(ies) is dependent upon the location of the position.
The requirement must be satisfied using one of the following methods.
(1) The selected new employee who does not possess a valid D.C. pesticide applicator's license will be required to register with the D.C. Department of the Environment to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days after the effective date of his/her appointment.
Additionally, the selected employee will be given 24 months from the effective date of his/her appointment to take the required test(s) to obtain the appropriate valid D.C. pesticide applicator's license. The 24-month period includes the 90-day registration period.
(2) The selected new employee who currently possesses a valid and up-to-date pesticide applicator's license issued by Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states that have reciprocity with D.C. will be given 90 days from the effective date of his/her appointment to transfer that license to D.C.
(3) The selected new employee who currently possesses a valid and up-to-date pesticide applicator's license issued by a State that does not have reciprocity with D.C. will be given 24 months from the effective date of his/her appointment to obtain the appropriate license.
If the required registration and license are not obtained within the time periods specified above, the selected employee will be terminated for failure to meet the qualifications of the position.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT AOC GARDENERS
The requirements for current AOC employees whose official position of record is classified as 'Gardener, WG-5003' as of April 22, 2008, are as follows:
(1) Current AOC Gardeners, WG-5003, Applying for Non-Supervisory/Non-Leader Vacant Positions:
(a) The selected employee must register with the D.C. Department of the Environment to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days after the effective date of his/her new assignment.
(b) The employee will have 24 months from the effective date of his/her new assignment to take the required test(s) to obtain the appropriate D.C. pesticide applicator's license. (The 24-month period includes the 90-day registration period.)
(c) If the employee is unable to obtain the appropriate pesticide license within the 24-month period after making at least three (3) documented attempts, the employee may remain in the position provided a current registration is maintained.
(2) Current AOC Gardener, WG-5003, Applying for Supervisory/Leader Vacant Positions:
(a) At the time of application, the employee must have a current registration to apply pesticides under a licensed pesticide applicator.
(b) The appropriate D.C. pesticide applicator's license must be obtained in all required categories within 24 months of the new assignment.
(c) If the license cannot be obtained within the 24-month period, the employee may be returned to his/her previous position provided the position remained vacant. If no position is available, the employee will be terminated for failure to meet the qualifications of the position.
Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
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Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, Horticulture Division, Garden and Grounds Section
THIS POSITION IS BEING FILLED THROUGH AN ON-LINE APPLICATION SYSTEM.
To apply, go to www.aoc.gov or http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/aoc/applicant.html (Be sure URL is typed in all lower case).
ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIRED FORMS MUST BE ATTACHED AS TEXT OR IMAGE FILES TO YOUR JOB APPLICATION. FORMS RECEIVED BY FAX, EMAIL OR U.S. POSTAL SERVICE DELIVERY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.
Application submitted by any form of mail delivery will not be accepted.
DO NOT email, fax or deliver applications or forms for this vacancy. All applications must be submitted, and forms attached, on-line through AVUE Digital Services.
ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSE AT 11:59 PM ON THE CLOSING DATE.
Incumbent of the position must possess and maintain a valid, unexpired state driver's license at the time of application.
TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND CONTINUAL BASIS -- WORK SCHEDULE WILL BE OTHER THAN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
*****APPLICANTS MUST BE U.S. CITIZENS*****
Applications submitted by any form of mail delivery will not be accepted.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.
The Office of the Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This Office prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, genetic information, 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.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation; training and development opportunities, etc.
Selected applicant(s) may be eligible to earn a higher annual leave accrual rate credit towards annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal or uniformed service work experience. The amount of service credit will be based on specialized experience or qualifying experience that is provided on the applicant profile submitted. As such, if you are a new employee to the Federal Government or a rehire, it is important that you provide a work history that lists all directly related positions held, and it must include the dates of employment (month/day/year).
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.
Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable.
Selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year 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.
The position requires that the incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.