Architect of the Capitol Arborist Supervisor in Washington, District Of Columbia
Summary This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief of Operations, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, Gardening Division, Tree Care Branch. Here is your opportunity to serve as an Arborist Supervisor, engaged in the supervision of the preservation and maintenance of all trees located on the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, including many dedicated trees and memorial trees. The Arborist Supervisor maintains the historically significant Olmsted landscape design. Responsibilities This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, Gardening Division, Tree Care Branch. The Arborist Supervisor engages in leadership over a staff responsible for the preservation and maintenance of all trees located on the Capitol Grounds, including many dedicated and memorial trees as well as the historically significant Olmsted landscape design. The Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM) HOURS MAY CHANGE DUE TO OPERATIONAL NEEDS OF MANAGEMENT Supervisory Responsibilities: --Serves as the definitive subject matter expert for trees, establishes the long range work requirements and schedules of subordinate workers.--Performs administrative and technical supervisory duties. Specifically, makes assignments, develops performance requirements and conducts periodic performance evaluations. Manages the organizational unit’s budget and workload. Resolves employee complaints and grievances. Provides leadership and practices non-discriminatory employment actions to ensure support for equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals and requirements. Provides for employee skills enrichment through job related coaching, mentoring and training. Provides for and receives safety training and ensures that all direct reports know how to use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Routinely checks to verify that subordinates are using all required PPE. Arborist Operations--Performs risk assessments of trees on the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum. Determines levels of risk that affect the experience and safety of the visiting public and staff, historically significant architecture, landmarks, sculptures, and other landscape features.--Acts as an Ambassador of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum by interacting in a professional manner with visitors and guests. Assists with their basic needs and answers questions about the historic U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, arboriculture, and specific trees on the Capitol Grounds. Provides support for highly publicized and televised special events such as the Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day concerts, National Police Memorial Week, Presidential Inaugurations, and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ceremonies that occur in landscaped areas. Coordinates with the staff of Congressional Members for conducting tree dedication ceremonies.NOTE:Arborist certification by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is desirable. CDL is Desired but not Required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be able to pass a drug test. Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job elements. You must possess a valid, unexpired motor vehicle operator's license. “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.” Qualifications You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.SCREEN-OUT FACTOR: Ability to lead or supervise a team of arborists.IMPORTANT INFORMATION:APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED STATE MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER'S LICENSE AT THE TIME OFAPPLICATION.APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A VALID, UNEXPIRED D.C. PESTICIDE APPLICATOR'S LICENSE IN CATEGORIES 3A, 3B, OR 3C OR BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF APPOINTMENT.IF THE REQUIRED LICENSES ARE NOT OBTAINED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED, THE EMPLOYEE WILL BE TERMINATED FOR FAILURE TO MEET THE CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT.AN ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST IS DESIRABLE. Education Additional Information Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information. DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC’s suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test. The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol. The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, and/or disability.This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Moving expenses are not authorized. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.