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Horticulturist

Employer
Smithsonian Institution
Location
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 30, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Botany
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Summary This position is located in the Smithsonian Institutions (SI) Office of Facilities, (SF). The incumbent reports to the Supervisory Horticulturist of the Grounds Management Operations (GMO), Smithsonian Gardens (SG) and serves as a Horticulturist.More than one selection may be made from this announcement. Responsibilities Responsible for assisting with the design, care, maintenance and interpretation of the gardens located on Smithsonian grounds. Assists in designing garden spaces and landscapes that utilize unique, underused, or new plant material to engage visitors. Operates and maintains a variety of equipment to complete assignments. Provides educational programs, presents lectures and leads tours for wide ranging audiences. Requirements Conditions of Employment Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation May need to complete a Probationary Period Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service. Conditions of Employment COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and its impact on your application, click on Smithsonian InstitutionsFrequently Asked Questions. Additional Requirements: Must posses a valid State or District of Columbia driver's license.A copy of your license must be submitted as part of your application package. Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.For information on qualification requirements, seeQualification Standards Handbook forGeneral Schedule Positionsviewable onOPM Website. Qualifications You must also meet the basic requirements for this position as well as the specialized experience referenced below. Experience:You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.For this position specialized experience is definedas working in a public garden, commercial landscape or nursery setting which demonstrates knowledge of theories, methods, and principles of horticulture science or related basic plant science. All qualified applicant mustposses a valid State or District of Columbia driver's license. A copy of your license must be submitted as part of your application package. OR Oneyear of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.Graduate Education: Completion of graduate level education is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.Superior Academic Achievement Provisions:A Bachelors degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, plus at least one of the following superior academic achievement provisions:1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or4. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman honor societies. Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the American College of Honor Societies. Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Bairds Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).To verify your claim for this provision, please submit a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred courses.Note: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. Education You must also meet the basic requirements below as well as the specialized experience referenced above. (You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts) Basic 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. OR 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 A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Evaluation of Education:Courses in botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, and similar courses may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in basic plant sciences.The 16-semester-hour requirement in horticulture includes course work in basic horticulture and course work related to any of the recognized subject-matter fields of horticulture, i.e., fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, nursery work, seed production, or course work in related areas of science, such as micro-biology, entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, or genetics that is directly related to horticultural work. If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. Additional Information This position is included in the bargaining unit. Flexible Spending Accounts - Insurance - - Insurance - Term Care Insurance - Program -
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