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Grade: 11
* 1.Please select the response that best describes your education and/or experience in relation to the Basic Qualification Requirements for this position. Refer to the "Qualifications Required" section of the job announcement for a detailed description of the basic qualification requirements.
  1. I have a degree in 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that includes course work as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. None of the above


* 2.Please select the response that best describes your education and/or experience in relation to the Additional Qualification Requirements for this position. Refer to the "Qualifications Required" section of the job announcement for a detailed description of the additional qualification requirements.
  1. I have three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.
  2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal Service as defined in the statement below.
  3. None of the above.


Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Evaluated and diagnosed structural and horticultural issues in plant materials and trees to determine the proper corrective action. (2) Installed new plant materials following plans and approved horticultural practices and procedures. (3) Prepared and maintained special beds including pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, spraying plant materials, and applying pesticides. (4) Supplied and arranged special foliage for events, maintained indoor foliage, and promoted knowledge and understanding of plants. (5) Coordinated the production of standard and non-standard plant specimens, such as temperate plants, tropical and subtropical plants, and display crops.

Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you possess a valid and unexpired state motor vehicle driver's license?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you possess a valid, unexpired pesticide applicator’s license in Categories 3A, 3B, and 3C?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.What is the highest level of workplace communication did you engage in regarding plant collections?
  1. Educated others in the knowledge and understanding of unique plant collections.
  2. Answered a variety of questions from the public regarding plant collections. Promoted knowledge and understanding of plant collections.
  3. Answered general questions from the public regarding plant maintenance.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.Do you have experience in designing indoor and outdoor horticultural exhibits?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the organization at which you worked and the title you held when you gained this experience. Please make sure this information is reflected in your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.What level of activities did you perform in planning and developing horticultural exhibits?
  1. Performed the full range of horticultural exhibits for massive and various collections.
  2. Performed activities related to the implementation of horticultural exhibits. Made the initial proposal, prepared budget estimates, coordinated design and production activities, and assembled required objects and graphics.
  3. Researched and prepared the horticultural exhibit content and provided technical guidance for small projects.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following living collections have you been responsible for selecting, maintain, and developing?
  1. Orchids
  2. Arid Land Species
  3. Tropical and Subtropical Plants
  4. Temperate Plants and Plants Native to the Mid-Atlantic Area
  5. Carnivorous Plants
  6. Rare and Endangered Species
  7. Plants of Economic and Therapeutic Importance
  8. Medicinal Plants
  9. None of the Above


* 7.Are you knowledgeable of greenhouse environmental control systems?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the organization at which you worked and the title you held when you gained this experience. Please make sure this information is reflected in your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 8.Select the types of plant biological science activities you performed to solve problems regarding plant health.
  1. Conducted conventional plant biological science projects and activities.
  2. Conducted studies of existing plant vegetation conditions.
  3. Completed recurring plant biological science activities.
  4. Developed and performed standard tests and procedures on laboratory plant specimens.
  5. Ensured that information collected regarding plant health was complete for analysis and prepared descriptions of typical conditions.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.What is your knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices of botany?
  1. Knowledge of plant structure, growth and differentiation, reproduction, biochemistry and primary metabolism, chemical products, development, diseases, evolutionary relationships, systematic, and plant taxonomy.
  2. Knowledgeable of core topics concerned with the study of the fundamental natural phenomena and processes of plant life and the classification and description of plant diversity.
  3. Knowledgeable of applied topics which study the ways in which plants may be used for economic benefit in horticulture, agriculture, and forestry.
  4. Knowledgeable of organismal topics which focus on plant groups such as algae, mosses, or flowering plants.
  5. Knowledgeable of the sub-disciplines of botany, including plants, plant parts, plant cells, plant reproduction, and plant taxonomy.
  6. Knowledge of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.Select the types of duties you performed as a horticulturist.
  1. Searched for new plants suitable for cultivation.
  2. Communicated with and advised the general public on matters concerning the classification and botanical nomenclature of cultivated plants.
  3. Performed original research on the description of cultivated plants and their history of particular regions in horticultural floras. Recorded new plant introductions.
  4. Maintained databases of cultivated plants.
  5. Curated horticultural herbaria, including collections of dried specimens and images.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.What activities have you performed to maintain, cultivate, and coordinate a varying assortment of temperate, tropical, subtropical, and display plants?
  1. Pruned ornamental landscape plants.
  2. Performed sexual and asexual plant propagation techniques.
  3. Determined soil composition, horizons, formations, characteristics, and modifications of specialized plants.
  4. Applied proper plant requirements for sun, water, minerals, and soil mixtures to specialized plants depending on their physical characteristics.
  5. Reproduced plant materials through cutting, rooting, grafting, and layering.
  6. Determined quantities of plants, seeds, fertilizer, and other materials needed for a specific plant bed.
  7. Cultivated, fertilized, planted, watered, and pruned plants.
  8. None of the above.


* 12.Do you have experience supervising a workforce covered under a collective bargaining agreement.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the organization at which you worked and the title you held when you gained this experience. Please make sure this information is reflected in your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 13.What is your highest level of supervisory responsibilities?
  1. Led a workforce of persons with cultural, ethnic, gender, and other individual differences. Developed plans to increase employee potential. Developed performance plans and monitored employee performance; prepared performance improvement plans. Recognized and encouraged staff contributions.
  2. Led a workforce toward the development and accomplishment of long-term goals. Improved workforce productivity, cooperation, efficiency, stability, safety, and security. Promoted teamwork to accomplish the objectives of the organization and maintain a professional workforce.
  3. Provided leadership that promoted teamwork, communication, cooperation, and increased productivity among employees. Provided an open-door policy for the discussion of work issues and concerns.
  4. Provided leadership, built employee trust, created and maintained a positive, efficient, safe and stable work environment.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the administrative tasks that you performed when supervising others.
  1. Set performance goals for, or in collaboration with, subordinates.
  2. Performed formal performance appraisal documentation for subordinate staff.
  3. Interviewed job applicants for hire.
  4. Made hiring or promotion recommendations or decisions.
  5. Reviewed and approved/disapproved leave requests.
  6. Tracked leave usage.
  7. Recommended training or professional development opportunities for subordinates.
  8. Resolved informal complaints and grievances.
  9. Recommended or implemented disciplinary actions.
  10. None of the above.


* 15.What tasks did you perform to direct the work of employees?
  1. Determined employees` work schedules.
  2. Prioritized work orders or projects.
  3. Assigned work orders or projects to employees.
  4. Provided instruction regarding work to be performed.
  5. Identified ways to improve employee job performance.
  6. Monitored unsafe work practices performed by employees.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.Select your basic working knowledge regarding the use of chemicals and biological agents.
  1. Knowledgeable of the requirements and responsibilities regarding state legislation related to the transport, use, storage, and disposal of horticultural chemicals.
  2. Knowledgeable of user responsibilities regarding the risks of misuse and liabilities resulting from misuse of horticultural chemicals.
  3. Knowledgeable of horticultural chemicals and biological agents classified as dangerous goods.
  4. Knowledgeable of the requirements and responsibilities regarding state legislation related to correct storage facilities and maintenance procedures.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.Select the safety activities you have performed in a professional setting on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have attended safety classes to learn safety rules, regulations, and procedures.
  2. I have worn personal protective equipment (PPE) in work settings as required (e.g., ear protection when using loud equipment).
  3. I have reminded coworkers to follow safety procedures and precautions.
  4. I have operated equipment in a manner that ensured the safety of others in addition to me when performing work tasks (e.g., turn off blower while pedestrians pass).
  5. I have made recommendations or assisted in the development of safety guidelines and procedures.
  6. I have trained others on proper equipment handling and other safety techniques to perform work assignments.
  7. None of the above.


* 18.Did you remember to attach a copy of your motor vehicle driver's license and pesticide applicator's license?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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