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Gardener (MVO)

Hot Springs - South Dakota (SD),

US Department of the Interior

Job Description:



    The primary purpose of the position is to perform seasonal gardening tasks either done outside or in a greenhouse. In order to accomplish the gardener duties the incumbent must on a regular and recurring basis also operate light duty motor vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds (such as pick-up trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, etc.) to transport personnel, material, or equipment to work sites located on the park.


    The selectee of this position identifies grasses, weeds, shrubs and trees. Provides care and maintenance appropriate for specific grass or plant species. Able to distinguish between native and non-native plant species and informs the supervisor of non-native invasions. Prepares seed beds in disturbed construction areas. Lays sod, sows seed, places mulch to maintain or restore lawn appearances. Mow's, waters and rakes lawns, road shoulders and trails. Prunes shrubs and trees for uniform appearance. Pulls and / or treats non-native plant species.Operates gasoline and diesel powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds and capable of carrying loads weighing less than 1 ton. Included are pickups, small tractors, small utility vehicles (Daihatsu, Gator, Ranger, etc.), riding lawn mowers and riding power lawn sweepers. Scrubs, strips, waxes, dusts, mops and polishes floors. Scours lavatories, stool and urinals. Washes walls, room partitions, light fixtures and windows. Vacuums and shampoos carpets; empties ash trays and wastebaskets; sweeps and hoses outside sidewalks and steps; polishes furniture and exhibit cases. Fills soap and tissue dispensers. Replaces light bulbs. Performs ground and trail maintenance duties on paved and unpaved trails, including washing, sweeping, filling holes, checking hand rails and replacing trail lights. Performs miscellaneous labor duties such as digging ditches; installing fences; repairing corrals; hauling furniture and supplies; picking up litter; cleaning rain gutters, mixing / hauling concrete may also work as flag persons on road projects and lift materials up to 100 pounds. Must be able to safely operate gasoline and diesel powered equipment including rotary self-propelled mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws and jackhammers.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    5003 Gardening

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
    • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
    • Direct Deposit: Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
    • Driver's License: You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
    • Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
    • Government Housing: Government housing may be available.


    To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:
    • Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints)
    • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
    • Dexterity and Safety
    • Knowledge of materials
    • Technical Practices (theoretical precise, artistic)
    • Use of Measuring Instruments

    SCREEN OUT: Ability to do the work of a Gardener (MVO), WG-5003-04 without more than normal supervision (Screen Out). Independently perform and lead others in the performance of Gardening duties. Possess a valid state driver's license. Adhere to work schedules and safety practices, including planning, organizing and working on my own without constant supervision. Work and assist others with various types of work using hand tools, power tools, mowers, trimmers, light vehicles, performing tasks on trails, roads, grounds and buildings following written work orders and/or oral instructions. Lift and move objects over 50 pounds unassisted and can carry objects weighing up to 100 pounds with assistance.

    QUALITY RANKING FACTOR: Ability to participate in a respiratory protection program which includes medical evaluations, fit tests, and follow proper respirator use procedures. The duties of this position require occasional exposure to atmospheric hazards caused by air bore dust, fogs, mists, gases, smokes, sprays or vapors. In instances where engineering controls cannot feasibly eliminate hazards, air purifying respirators are required for personal protective equipment. 29 CFR 1910.134 requires employees using respirators to participate in a respiratory protection program which includes medical evaluations, fit tests, and following procedures for proper respirator use.

    If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.

    Volunteer Experience: 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.


    There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions.

    Additional information

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

    Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for the possibility of extensions or rehire in subsequent service years.

    Physical Demands: Work requires frequent walking, standing, pushing of lawnmowers, carts and wheelbarrows, bending, stooping, and climbing in and out of vehicles. Occasionally climbs ladders to trim and/or prune vegetation/trees. Frequently lifts heavy objects such as bags of fertilizer grass seed, etc.

    Working Conditions: Work is done outside or in a greenhouse. In working outside, the gardener is subject to discomfort from long periods in the hot sun, and sometimes to chilly or rainy weather. In some instances the conditions will involve working in air contaminated with chemical dust and sprays being used on trees and shrubs. The employee will be required to wear protective clothing during pesticide/herbicide application; as well as, normal safety items such as gloves, boots, glasses, etc. Because of the duties performed, the incumbent is subject to minor injuries such as cuts, scratches, bruises, and scrapes.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

    Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

    • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
    • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
    • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/01/2020:

    • Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
    • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
      • Veterans Preference Documentation:
        • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
        • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
        • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
    • Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
    • Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.
  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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