U.S. Supreme Court Gardens and Grounds


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Gardener - U.S. Supreme Court Gardens and Grounds

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Gardener - U.S. Supreme Court Gardens and Grounds

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Transplants, Aerates, Prunes, and Trims Plants

Plants, transplants and cares for flowers, trees, and shrubs. Trims, prunes, and aerates plants and plant materials. Uses knowledge of seasonal schedules, project plans, weather suitability, soil moisture, and plant growth stages. Plants seedlings, bulbs, shrubs, and trees in patterns, beds, and selected locations to achieve a pleasing appearance of the gardens and grounds.

Cares for and maintains decorative plants in various rooms and courtyards of the Supreme Court. Waters and fertilizes plants and removes dead growth.

Trims and prunes hedges, shrubbery, and other plants. Uses gas, electric and hand shears, and pruning cutters to prune and trim to appropriate shape and size according to specific instructions. Uses appropriate pruning techniques to obtain desired configuration for the type of shrubbery in the garden plan. Checks foliage in surrounding areas to observe other plants to determine pruning requirements.

Selects, Measures, Mixes and Applies Fertilizers

Recognizes and treats diseases, cold damage, and mineral deficiencies. Chooses appropriate fertilizers and chemicals, measures, mixes, and applies to control common plant diseases, insects, and weeds. Sprays plants and trees to control undesirable insects. Replaces dead or dying plants. Avoids damaging plants and spraying people or animals in the area with toxic materials.

Cultivates Soil and Propagates Plants

Prepares soil from instructions on the proper mixture of such materials as sand, humus, topsoil, and fertilizer.

Places seeds and plants in soil at proper depth, taking care not to damage roots while transplanting. Lays sod, aerates lawns, and prunes and trims shrubs and hedges for a neat appearance. Harvests, labels, and stores seeds and bulbs for later use. Selects, measures, mixes, and applies chemical control agents and fertilizers using foliage feeding, root feeding, and soil additive techniques. Roots, grafts, layers, and documents soil beds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, and seeds using knowledge of chemical composition, depth, moisture, temperature, humidity, and ventilation requirements to encourage germination and growth.

Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Complies with requirements for the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Removes snow and ice from sidewalks and steps in inclement weather to ensure safe conditions.

Performs routine maintenance on equipment.

Mows lawns using a heavy industrial type multiple decks, multiple blades, power mower or large domestic power mower.

Education and Experience

Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
You must be able to pass a drug test.
Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.
You must have a valid, unexpired driver’s license.
Must apply to become a pesticide Registered Technician within 30 days.
“To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:

A citizen of the United States;
A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States.”
You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

— Must meet the following SCREEN-OUT: Ability to perform gardening work without more than normal supervision

— Must possess a valid, unexpired driver’s license.

— The selectee MUST possess a valid, unexpired D.C. Pesticide Applicator’s License in Categories 3A, 3B, and 3C.


Be registered to apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator within 90 days of the effective date of employment. The employee must obtain a pesticide applicator’s license within 24 months of the effective date of appointment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the above required license or registration are not obtained within the time period specified, the selectee will be terminated for failure to meet the conditions of continued employment.

Position Application

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