Project Manager-US Capitol Arboretum & Grounds Facilities

Looking for a new opportunity in our nation’s capital? Well the US Capitol Arboretum and Grounds Facilities is looking for a new project manager!

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/653854700

US Capitol Arboretum & Grounds Facilities Project Manager

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (CGA). This position oversees all aspects of facility life cycle management, including maintenance, planning, design, construction, renovation, and asset program management. The ideal candidate will serve as the CGA Facilities Project Manager. Major duties include:

Facilities Project Management and Oversight
Coordinates and oversees all aspects of GGA facilities planning, design, construction, renovation, renewal, programming and management. Coordinates all CGA facilities projects from pre-conception through contracting, design, market analysis, sourcing mechanism, procurement and execution. Plans and executes substantial budgets and oversees contractors and contract management and administration.

Analysis, Planning and Programming
Through independent work and consultation with CGA and AOC resources the incumbent assesses conditions, current needs and future requirements for all CGA facilities, roads, grounds, infrastructure and historic assets. Researches and analyzes long-range needs and critical problems and develops plans for responsive programming to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of all facility operations throughout CGA.

Advice and Guidance
Prepares planning requirements and criteria for complex, high value projects for design and construction or other modifications of facilities and grounds and is seen as a technical expert in the area of planning. Provides counsel to agency management on broad planning issues requiring decisions that may have substantial future impact. Reviews and provides guidance and technical advice to fellow employees within the organization in the performance of related assignments characterized by constantly changing climate and is available to those employees for consultation on assigned projects. Resolves technical difficulties as well as issues that can be overcome by changes in approach, criteria or requirements.

  • Salary: $106,823 – $138,868 per year
  • Pay scale & grade: GS 13

 

Assistant Landscape Architect-Fyffe Landscape Architecture

Calling all design students, are you looking for a new job in the industry or still looking to complete your HRT 297 Cooperative Education requirement? Well Fyffe Landscape Architects in Arlington, VA is looking for someone like you! One of our students already worked there, and the owner of the business would love another highly educated product of NOVA Horticulture!

Assistant Landscape Architect Fyffe Landscape Architecture

Assistant Landscape Architect
Fyffe Landscape Architecture
Arlington, VA
Full-time or Part-time position / hours negotiable.
Salary commensurate with skillset and experience, starting at $30/hr (negotiable).
About Us: FLA specializes in high end residential design, finding innovative solutions to everyday lifestyles. Using natural resources and sustainable concepts, we’ve transformed subdivision configurations, entrance features, commercial streetscapes, horse farms, and roof gardens. We are looking for an assistant to join our small business to help us grow.

The ideal candidate will be someone who is enthusiastic about garden design, excited to contribute new and creative ideas for our clients and for the growth of our business. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and creative individuals who are willing to learn in a small business environment, bring improved organization to a growing business, and are interested in gaining access to all aspects of a landscape architecture business that specializes in high-end gardens.

Primary responsibilities: This role is a generalist role that will be involved in all aspects of the landscape architect business. Work alongside the business owner to manage business operations, proposals, and client interaction. Promote positive work atmosphere and bring creative ideas and energy to the table.
Contribute to digital marketing/social media content for the business.

Minimum requirements:
• Technical skills: AutoCAD, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SketchUp, graphic design
• Design and landscape business experience or relevant education
Preferred requirements:
• Business management skills and experience
• Hand drawing capabilities
• Photoshop skills
• Social media skills to include Instagram, Houzz, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook

How to contact: Interested, qualified candidates may send a resume and cover letter to:
susanne@fyffela.com
Candidates may follow up with a phone call at 703-966-2702.

Susanne Fyffe
Principal
ASLA Fyffe Landscape Architecture
1057 South 26th Road Arlington, Virginia 22202
703-966-2702
susanne@fyffela.com
Web: www.fyffeLA.com

The Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund- Application Deadline Extended!

In need of some funding to help you finish your Horticulture Degree? The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia has announced that the Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund’s application deadline has been extended!! You could be awarded up to $15,000 for school! $2,500 for first and second year at NVCC and $5,000 for third and fourth year at a 4-year Virginia public university

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The Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to benefit graduating high school seniors, in need of financial assistance, pursuing an associate degree at Northern Virginia Community College, and intending to receive admission to a four-year university to pursue a degree in an environment-related field.

Each recipient will receive up to $15,000 ($2,500 for first and second year at NVCC and $5,000 for third and fourth year at a 4-year Virginia public university) if the recipient continues to meet the renewal eligibility requirements.

Eligibility for 2022-2023 Scholarship:
Student must be a graduating high school senior set to attend Northern Virginia Community College or a current NVCC student.
Student must be pursuing a two-year associate degree from NVCC with the intention of transferring to a Virginia public four-year university afterward to complete their bachelor’s degree.
Student must be pursuing a degree in an environment-related field of study.
Possible degrees include: Environmental Science, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Forestry, or other related fields.
Student must demonstrate financial need through the submission of a short written statement.
Students must clearly and compellingly demonstrate why they wish to pursue an environmental-related field of study and how they hope to utilize their degree by submitting an essay.

Scholarship Renewal Eligibility Requirements:
Once a scholarship has been awarded, recipients of the scholarship must meet eligibility requirements for the scholarship to be renewed in subsequent years.
Those requirements include GPA minimums of 3.0, good standing with their respective school systems, and a continued commitment to obtain a degree pertaining to the environment.

Completed applications must be received by May 30th, 2022.

Applications must be emailed to:scholarship@whfarmfoundation.org

Applications must include:

Completed Application Form
Environmental Service Resume
Essay Responses
Copy of your high school transcript

Scholarship Awards:
Our selection committee will evaluate applications based upon the applicant’s GPA, essay responses, and financial need. Applicants will be notified by June 15th, 2022.

 

Landscape Design/Marketing Manager- Environmental Enhancements

Looking for a part-time job, maybe even one to fulfill your HRT 297- Cooperative Education requirement? Environmental Enhancements is looking to fill a part-time position right away!

Landscape DesignMarketing Manager- Environmental Enhancements

Position Title: Landscape Design/Marketing Manager

We care about our employees, our clients, and our planet. We pride ourselves on creating a team environment and creating value for every individual here at EE. We encourage creativity, innovation, and feedback, because we want to be the best landscaping company in Northern Virginia to work for.

Position Summary

The Landscape Design/Marketing Manager is an integral member of the management team that provides both design and marketing support to the organization.  The Landscape Design/Marketing Manager will work closely with clients, the Executive Team and production group to create, present, and execute design concepts that fulfill client landscape interests, with an agreed financial budget, and shall promote business opportunities for EEI.   Additionally, the Landscape Design/Marketing Manager shall spearhead, conduct, and support all marketing campaigns that support business development and opportunities for EEI.

This position is part-time –compensation is $30-35/hour based on experience. 30 hours of work per week.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

Landscape Design

  • As assigned by the General Manager and Executive Team, create landscape/masonry design concepts plans that provide solutions to client’s landscape interests; work within given estimated budgets for labor and materials costs
  • Develop and conduct concept presentations in conjunction with the Executive Team to support new business opportunities as part of the project sales process
  • Maintain design document files, including revisions, for existing and prospective clients.
  • Ensures Landscape/Masonry designs remain in compliance with local/state codes and regulations and are developed using accepted industry trade standards and practices
  • Consult with clients, management team and production staff on design concepts and changes to those concepts in a timely manner for all on-going projects
  • Consult with production team and clients as necessary for the execution of the landscape projects
  • Ensure materials and estimated costs are sourced according to plan, availability, quality, and budget
  • Continually research and utilize design techniques that enhance presentation and understanding of concept on behalf of the client by use of available software or other design application options.
  • Track all design hours by client to ensure accurate application of hours to project and for accurate billing

Marketing

  • Create/update client profile information that will enable EEI to target specific geographic, financial, and other pertinent demographic information for landscape and masonry design/build services, landscape maintenance and irrigation/lighting services
  • Maintain existing client and prospective company-wide client database as a source for all marketing campaign activities
  • Create and present for approval the annual marketing plan with associated budget
  • Execute approved annual marketing plan as outlined
  • Plan and coordinate all marketing campaigns with the assistance of company staff
  • Track and measure all responses and activities because of the campaign and report findings to management team on a periodic basis
  • Make recommended suggestions for improvement of marketing results and adjust accordingly
  • Keep abreast of competitive marketing efforts and new marketing concepts available and report findings periodically to management team

Management Team Responsibilities

  • Be a contributing team member to the management team and business development efforts in an effort to promote a positive and professional image at all times
  • Support and assist all employee recruiting/marketing efforts as assigned on behalf of the company
  • Attend on behalf of the company prospecting/association and organization meetings that enhance the promotion of EEI in the marketplace as assigned.
  • Attend employee recruiting functions as assigned
  • Participate in all relevant company business community and trade show activities

Qualifications:

Experience

  • Minimum 2-year experience working as a designer for a landscape management/contracting firm in the same or comparable market
  • Minimum 1 year of marketing related experience including marketing plan development and execution within a given budget
  • Design and presentation experience that is similar in nature to the size and scope of work at EEI.
  • Demonstrated results of related design/sales work that has enabled similar firms to reach targeting sales and marketing goals
  • Minimum 1 year experience in landscape production
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with clients and employees in a team setting
  • Proven sales experience preferred

Skills/Knowledge & Education

  • Landscape Architecture degree or Landscape Design
  • Associates degree and/or equivalent in work experience combined with marketing coursework preferred
  • Self-starter capable of meeting deadlines established by the company and clients.
  • Must be capable of working with people in a team-based setting and one-one one with clients, including strong persuasive skills to elicit confidence in EEI with the company.
  • Ability to work in a multi-task and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to read and interpret landscape plans and graphic designs required
  • Must be capable of performing basic arithmetic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple algebraic equations, simple geometric formulas for area and volume, plan measurements using engineering or architect’s scale.
  • Valid Virginia’ driver’s license with reasonably clean record that is acceptable to the company and the contracted insurance carrier
  • Proven leadership ability that is demonstrated through clear organizational and communication skills with clients and fellow team members.
  • Ability to write English sufficiently to communicate with clients and employees. Must be able to review and understand financial information/reports provided.
  • Proficient understanding and usage (including development and printing of reports) of Microsoft WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (e-mail) or equivalent programs.

Physical and Other Requirements:

  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time to design, plan, attend meetings, and sit in a company vehicle for up to 8 hours (full day) at a time if necessary.
  • Throughout a typical workday, must be able to periodically stoop, stretch and reach for office materials and supplies and lift supplies and equipment from at least 1 lb. – 25 lbs.
  • Must possess sufficient correctable close vision to be able to read reports, plans and computer screens for extended periods of time (full workday). Must have sufficient distance and peripheral vision to gauge distances and site conditions and recognize job related hazards, including road hazards from driving.
  • Must possess sufficient hearing to communicate with clients by phone and in face-to-face situations and crowded rooms/areas to hold conversations.
  • Must be well-groomed and dressed in suitable business attire as specified in the employee handbook.
  • Must be willing to work a minimum of 8 – 10 hours/day and work weeks more than fifty hours, including occasional weekends and evenings.

HRT 260- Introduction to Floral Design

HRT 260 Ad Poster

Professor K. Wright

Thursdays 5:30pm-9:25pm
Loudoun Campus- LS 114

Teaches skills required for the composition of basic table arrangements. Includes the history of design styles, identification of flowers and greens, identification and use of equipment, and conditioning and handling of flowers

Materials Fee: $175

Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

Horticulturist- General Services Administration

Are you looking to get into a government job? The General Services Administration is hiring a Horticulturist to assist the Regional Horticulturist in improving the landscape management program for the National Capital Region at GSA. The application cut-off date is April 14th 2022, so act fast if you want this position!

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/646236800 

Location of position: Washington, DC
Division/Office: National Capital Region, Public Building Service, Service Delivery Support (WPY), Safety, Environment, and Fire Protection Branch.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

Duties

As a Horticulturist, you will:

  • Assist the Regional Horticulturist in the oversight, coordination, and development of an overall program of technical and management procedures to assure the attractiveness, functionality, and long term sustainability of all outdoor ornamental plants in the NCR inventory, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, ground covers, ornamental grasses, and turf.
  • Routinely makes on-site evaluations of NCR sites to identify needs for landscape improvements and upgrades. Proposes technically and esthetically appropriate design concepts and assists the Regional Horticulturist in the horticultural and administrative planning necessary for project implementation.
  • Makes recommendations to contractor supervisory personnel and directs the necessary remedial action to be taken in order to correct any deficiencies noted. Assists the Regional Horticulturist in developing contract specifications and other technical documents for procurements relating to landscape installation and maintenance.
  • Participates in all landscape program contributions to the solicitation process, including serving as a source of horticultural expertise in pre-solicitation briefings and as a member of source selection evaluation boards. Performs other duties as assigned.
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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • No relocation expenses are authorized.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 3 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

Qualifications

For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Ameri-corps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

The GS-12 salary range starts at $89,834 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is work performed with Federal, State, local governments or private sector in developing and managing sustainable landscape programs in an urban environment  AND

Possess a Horticulture Degree as a basic requirement 

Individual Occupational Requirements

  1. Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops. Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.  Basic Requirements This position has a positive education requirement.

or

  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included course work as shown in (1) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

It is also preferred that you have:

  • Experience in the planning, development, implementation, administration, oversight, and evaluation of landscape management and design programs for public buildings

Education

Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops.

 

Additional information

  • If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #22NRCA050KSMP. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
  • Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
  • Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. However, assignments that require visits to other locations involve moderate risks or discomforts, such as dust, risk of falls, low hanging wires and beams, etc. The incumbent may be subject to all weather conditions while working outdoors and there is a risk of exposure to potentially dangerous situations, such as being in close proximity to pesticide applications, landscape and construction equipment, etc.
  • The work is primarily sedentary, but also entails some walking outdoors, stooping and bending, climbing stairs and/or ladders, etc. Must be able to make onsite visits to the various buildings throughout NCR (Washington, DC, Northern Va., and suburban Md.) to meet with agency representatives, SDT staff, and contractor’s representatives for inspections, surveys, and other purposes. Some locations are accessible by Metro Rail, others require the incumbent to drive an automobile to the location.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 45 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy.
  • Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • Undergo a background investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
  • Non-GSA employees must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

Bluebells at the Bend – Festival at Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park is hosting a Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica) festival on Saturday, April 99th from 10am to 2pm. The event is $8 if tickets are purchased in advance and $10 at the gate.

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Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells that carpet the early spring forest! Enjoy wildflower walks, live animals, exhibitors, live music, crafts and food trucks. Come out to Riverbend Park on Saturday, April 9, 2022, to see the beautiful bluebells in bloom. Save time and money by registering online. Tickets are $8 online (until April 9) and $10 at the gate. There are two ticketed sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here for the 10am to 12pm slot and here for the 12pm to 2pm slot

Event admission includes:
• Wildflower walks
• Eagle nest viewing
• Obstacle course
• Native animal presentations
• Live music
• Eco-friendly organization information tables & activities
• Children’s corner, games, and fun!

Event recommended for ages 3 and up

You can also register to volunteer at the Bluebells at the Bend Festival here

Riverbend Park is located at:
8700 Potomac Hills St. Great Falls, Va. 22066

Questions? Call 703-759-9018
FCPARiverbend@fairfaxcounty.gov

Val and Bill Tillet Scholarship Extension!!

Good new Nighthawk Horticulture! The Vall and Bill Tillet Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 15th 2022! So if you’re in the Horticulture Department and in need of funds for classes, don’t hesitate to apply! This scholarship opportunity could win you $2,000! Completed application packets are due on April 15th by 12:00pm via email.

2022 Community Foundation Scholarships
2022 Community Foundation Application

Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship
Founded by Bill and Val Tillett Est. Scholarship: $2,000
Criteria: Recipient must be attending Northern Virginia Community College seeking a degree within the school’s Horticulture program, Award priority is given Loudoun County residents as well as financial need; residents of Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington will be considered. Both full-time and part-time applicants may apply.
Application: CFLNFC General scholarship application and 250-words essay sharing “why a degree in Horticulture Technology or Landscape Design Specialization is a good fit for me,” or, “My financial challenges to attend school.”
Once selected, an applicant may apply for a second consecutive year of scholarship support with re-application and at least a 2.5 GPA or C+ or higher.
Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from the Program Head or teacher in the Horticulture program from NOVA Community College.

Leesburg Loudoun County HS Scholarship
Founded by Henry C. Stowers Est. Scholarship: $5,000 to $6,700
Criteria: Recipient must be a graduate or graduating from Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, VA, Loudoun County (within last 6 months); offer evidence of financial need, scholastic ability, and participation in school and community activities.
One awardee will be selected each year; the award is renewable for a total of four years with annual re-application, continued full-time enrollment; and GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Application: CFLNFC General scholarship application.

Blair and Mike Pirrello Vocational Scholarship
Founded by Blair and Mike and their family Est. Scholarship: $500-$2,500
Criteria: Recipient must be a Loudoun County resident and high-school graduate or GED equivalent within the past four years preceding application seeking further education through a vocational trade or apprenticeship. Some emphasis may be placed on financial need. With approval funds received may be used for academic or testing costs, books, and associated trade tools. Application: CFLNFC General scholarship application and one-page essay sharing “Why trade or vocational school is a good fit for me,” or, “My plans for the future.”

Horticulture Intern-Lynchburg Landscapes

Are you still looking to fulfill your internship requirements in order to graduate? Lynchburg Landscapes is looking for a Horticulture Intern for the Summer 2022 season!

Lynchburg Landscapes HORT Summer 2022

Huckleberryknobnursery.com  Lynchburglandscapes.com

Lynchburg Landscapes is looking for a full-time paid summer intern. Lynchburg Landscapes is a full- service provider of landscape design and construction services in the Lynchburg and Smith Mountain Lake regions.  We are driven by our commitment to create beautiful, enjoyable, and highly functional outdoor spaces. Our scope of work includes residential, commercial, park and urban design.  Our sister company, Huckleberry Knob Nursery is a newly opened boutique retail nursery and garden center dedicated to providing high quality plants and exceptional customer service.  Lynchburg Landscapes and Huckleberry Knob Nursery are founded on the understanding that culture drives results and we are committed to developing strong relationships, emphasizing collaboration and nurturing forward-thinking ideas.

What You Will Do:

Our interns will need to love the outdoors and not be afraid to get dirty. You will be learning the business from the ground up.   Your time will be an approximate  80/20 split between landscape installation and retail nursery/landscape design.  The hands-on experience will have you working directly with certified Landscape Architects, nursery staff and construction project managers.

Installation (80%)
-Soil Prep
-Plant installation and pruning
-Sod
-Hardscape installation assistance – paths, patios, walls, firepits, and lighting
-Site demo/ cleanup

Nursery/Design (20%)
-Plant Care
-Retail Sales
-Client meetings
-Site inventory and analysis
-Design Development/ Planting Plans
-Give advice/recommendations to clients.

If you are interested in applying please reach out to Jennifer Logan (BLA – Virginia Tech, 1995)  Jennifer@Lynchburglandscapes.com