<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Superintendent Library Buildings and Grounds, Projects Branch, Grounds Section. Do you enjoy working outdoors and on historical landscapes? The Architect of the Capitol has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic gardener to be responsible for the beautification around our grounds and buildings.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), we are proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Our employees are passionate about AOC's mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. AOC is a legislative branch agency, the recognized authority for the preservation, maintenance and construction of the world's most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill.</strong><br /><br />Serves as a Gardener assisting with the yearly planting of over 10,000 specialty annuals, 2200 pansies, and 6000 exotic tulip bulbs. Plants flowerbeds around buildings and interior seasonal displays within the Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams Library of Congress Buildings and Grounds.<br /><br /><strong> This position is essential and the incumbent is required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather situations. </strong><br /><br /><strong> TOUR OF DUTY: 6:00 am to 2:30 pm </strong><br /><br /><strong> The tour of duty may include weekends, evenings and holidays on a regular and recurring basis. </strong><br /><br /><strong>MAJOR DUTIES:</strong><br /><br />Performs a full range of moderately difficult gardening tasks, such as planting, transplanting watering, pruning as required for seasonal changes, plus additional responsibilities related to public interaction providing instruction on gardening practices, including information about historical trees and species and indoor and outdoor gardens.<br /> <ul> <li>Operates engineering and snow removal equipment.</li> <li>Participates in designing special exhibits or displays and may specialize in plant growth specialization.</li> <li>Responsibilities also include an expanded role in the complex growth and propagation of rare and historic specimens, wherein no published information is available.</li> <li>Considers the seasonal schedules or project plans for assigned areas, suitability of the weather, degree of moisture in the soil and stage of plant growth in deciding when and how to do the work.</li> <li>Determines the quantities of plants, seeds, fertilizer and other materials needed for specific areas.</li> <li>Performs general grounds maintenance duties including cutting grass, raking leaves, snow removal, trash pick-up, etc.</li> <li>Operates power driven mower, roto-tiller and tractor with attachments.</li> <li>Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed areas.</li> <li>Performs other related duties as assigned.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 06 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen.</li> <li>You must be able to pass a drug test.</li> <li>Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.</li> <li>Must possess a valid, unexpired State driver's license at application.</li> </ul> <br /><br />*** Please Note: This position is temporary in nature and is not to exceed 13 months. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved and that the temporary appointment is limited in duration. The duration of this temporary appointment may be shorter or longer, depending on the duration of the work or project. The temporary position may also be terminated at any time due to lack of work and/or lack of funds without any advance notice. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.<br /><br />You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT:<br /><br />– Ability to do Gardening Work Without More Than Normal Supervision.<strong><br /></strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Welcome Veterans.</strong> 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. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide <br /><br /><strong>If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the</strong> <strong>Selective Service System</strong>. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.<br /><br /><strong>DRUG TESTING</strong>: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http: www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm <br /><br />The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.<br /><br />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 made on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br />Moving expenses are not authorized.<br /><br />Relocation expenses are not authorized <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.<br /><br />Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the job elements for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following job elements and competencies:<br /><ul><li>Ability to do Gardening Work Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out)</li><li>Knowledge of Technical Gardening Practices</li><li>Ability to Interpret Instructions and Specifications</li><li>Ability to Use and Maintain Gardening Tools and Equipment</li><li>Knowledge of Plant Materials and Supplies</li><li>Dexterity and Safety</li></ul>Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.<br /><br />Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.<br /><br />To apply for this position, <strong>you only need to submit: (a) your resume and (b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. </strong>The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. <strong>No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application. </strong><br /><br /><strong>Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division</strong>. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.<br /><br />For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.<br /><br />If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).<br /><br />Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.