Horticulturist

U.S. Federal Government

Washington , District of Columbia

Summary

This position is located in the Smithsonian Institution’s (SI) Smithsonian Facilities (SF). The incumbent reports to the Supervisory Horticulturist of the Greenhouse Nursery Operations (GNO), Smithsonian Gardens (SG) and serves as a Horticulturist.

Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, and leads a sound horticultural program for the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouses in area of responsibility.
  • Implements plant schedules by coordinating the continuous care and cultivation of Smithsonian’s Orchid Collection.
  • Assumes responsibility for maintenance of a specific section of the Greenhouse Nursery Operations growing facility and takes necessary action to ensure proper upkeep of area of responsibility at all times.
  • Develops, evaluates and is responsible for an Integrated Pest Management program (IPM) in area of responsibility. Collects and submits soil, tissue and water samples, and prepares and dispenses a variety of chemicals.
  • Leads team of horticulturist and gardeners to coordinate production and/or installation and maintenance of seasonal plantings, educational exhibits and display.

Qualifications

Basic Education 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.

Experience:

You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as experience in the field of horticulture, in plant identification and horticultural care of orchid species, in a greenhouse, conservatory or interior setting.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education: (You must submit transcripts) 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. 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.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: 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.

HOW TO APPLY

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