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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.