TOUR OF DUTY INCLUDES WEEKENDS, EVENINGS, AND HOLIDAYS ON A REGULAR AND RECURRING BASIS.
APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED STATE MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER'S LICENSE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED D.C. PESTICIDE APPLICATOR'S LICENSE IN CATEGORIES 3A, 3B, AND 3C OR BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPOINTMENT.
IMPORTANT NOTE: IF THE REQUIRED LICENSE IS NOT OBTAINED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED, THE INCUMBENT WILL BE TERMINATED FOR FAILURE TO MEET THE CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT.
EXPERIENCE SUPERVISING A WORKFORCE COVERED BY A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT IS DESIRABLE.
This position is located in the Gardens and Grounds Section under the Horticulture Division at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). As supervisor of the Gardens and Grounds Section, the incumbent will be responsible for adhering to the highest professional horticultural standards in the planning, appearance, operation, and management of the USBG’s outdoor gardens and grounds, including Bartholdi Park, the National Garden, Conservatory Courtyards and adjacent grounds, and the Production Facility grounds.
More specifically, the incumbent provides administrative and technical supervision necessary to accomplish day-to-day activities. Plans and coordinates work operations, establishes priorities and work sequences, makes work assignments, sets deadlines, obtains resources needed to accomplish timely completion of assigned projects. Provides technical guidance in accomplishing difficult tasks. Ensures that the staff are fully trained and comply with health and safety provisions.
Develops displays, shows, and exhibits of temperate, tropical, and subtropical plants. Keeps a record of accessioned plants. Properly labels plants with their names and interpretations.
Determines the growing schedules for plants that are put into production for display. Using knowledge of plant characteristics and cultivation techniques, determines required growth conditions by selecting, mixing, measuring, applying, and adjusting soil conditions.
Determines the need for watering, trimming, pruning, feeding, and insect and plant disease control when scheduling maintenance and plant care assignments. Applies fertilizer and chemical control agents using foliage feeding, root feeding, and soil additive techniques.