Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our... $22.76 - $26.45 an hour
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, visit http://www.nps.gov.
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S. Citizens
This position is located in the Division of Maintenance at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, in Vienna, VA.
Wolf Trap is located in Vienna, Virginia, approximately twenty miles west of Washington, DC. There is no public transportation available.
The primary purpose of the position is to perform gardener duties that are necessary for the proper maintenance and care of landscaped areas.
Work requires frequent walking, standing, pushing of carts and wheelbarrows, bending, and stooping. Climbs ladders to trim and/or prune trees including stretching to reach tree limbs. Required to move arms and legs in operating tractor and equipment controls. Frequently lifts heavy objects such as bags of fertilizer, grass seed, etc. ( up to 80 pounds). May work from an aerial lift.
Most work will be done outside in extreme temperature, humidity, and climate changes. In some instances the conditions will involve working in air contaminated with chemical dust and sprays being used on trees and shrubs. Will be required to wear protective clothing, as well as normal safety items such as gloves, boots, glasses etc.
- U.S. Citizenship
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
- Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).
- Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
- Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
- Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license
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Uses judgment within the framework of good gardening practices to perform a wide range of gardening work. Prepares soil beds and planing areas considering the individual needs and characteristics of plants, trees, and shrubs. Uses various feeding techniques to improve growth and health of plants and or flowers planted or transplanted. Uses pruning to maintain a proper balance between root and top growth, modify or maintain the natural form and increase flower production and promote growth. Recommends insect control measures and obtains prior approval for use of pesticides or herbicides and applies chemical compounds for specific conditions. Measures include biological controls. Recognizes and controls infrequent plant diseases, cold damage, and mineral deficiencies. Records corrective procedures sued, and the results achieved. Removes rocks, leaves limbs, and trash from grounds and garden areas. Operates pickups, and stake truck to transport supplies and material from source to work sites with the park and on public roads. The incumbent performs snow and ice removal using a variety of snow removal equipment including truck mounted snow plows, sand spreaders, shovels and scrapers. Operates gasoline and diesel powered tractors. Tractors are field type with towed or attached equipment. Equipment is usually equipped with independent controls requiring operator to operate both at the same time making adjustment as necessary. Will also operate lawn tractors and a self-powered hydraulic sweeper.
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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Thursday, March 01, 2012
To qualify, there is no specific length of training or experience required; however, you must be able to demonstrate enough experience in your application to show you possess sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision (Screen Out Element).
Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
NPS uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.
Applicants must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license or District of Columbia driver's license.
This is not a drug tested position.
Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.
Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.
All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:
- Pest Control
- Vehicle Operation
If you meet the qualification requirements, based on your score your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
- Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
- Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
- Qualified- applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at
Annual and Sick Leave: Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run and provide you with the appropriate forms.
Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of eligibility. See http://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information for more information.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/ Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation or relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
HOW TO APPLY:
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The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, March 01, 2012.
To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your application materials to (478) 757-3144:
- Complete the official FAX coversheet (http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf)
- Use Vacancy ID 600859
- Print and complete a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX (http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf)
- Document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to View Occupational Questionnaire).
- FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX) and supporting documents (See Required Documents below) to (478) 757-3144.
- Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)
- Completed Assessment Questionnaire .
- Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference; DD-214 if claiming 5 point preference) if applicable
- ICTAP/CTAP Documentation (see "Transition Assistance Plan" in online questionnaire) if applicable
- Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, etc.), if applicable
- College transcripts, if applicable
- Optional Completed OF306 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf)
NOTE: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (OV) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying options online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
NPS National Capital Region
NO HARD COPY DOCUMENTS ACCEPTED
ONLY ONLINE AND FAXED DOCUMENTS
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.
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