This position is with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U. S. National Arboretum located in Washington, DC. Special Note: At the GS-07, the official position title is Museum Technician. At the GS-09, the official position title is Museum Specialist.
Assist the curator with the specialized horticultural and design techniques required to grow and display the assigned collections and the gardens in which they are displayed.
Work closely with the Arboretum's Integrated Pest Management Program to anticipate, prevent, or control insect and disease problems.
Monitor growing conditions for bonsai and penjing and adjust growing environments and other parameters as needed.
Serve as a media contact and expert in the subject areas relating to the care of bonsai and penjing.
Collaborate with other USNA staff members in planning and developing exhibits in the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.
Conditions of Employment
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: At the GS-07: Qualifying experience for the GS-07 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-05 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience assisting with the care and maintenance of plants or plant collections; keeping records of plant collections or plant characteristics; and assisting with providing guidance or trainings in the care and maintenance of plants. OR Education: One full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent graduate degree. Directly related degrees may include horticulture, plant science, botany, museum studies or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.). Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.): Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class Standing - applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average - applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Honor Society - membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. OR A combination of education and experience as described above. At the GS-09: Qualifying experience for the GS-09 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience maintaining and caring for plants or plant collections including bonsai or penjing plants; planning or developing plant related exhibits; keeping records of plant collections or plant characteristics; and leading educational activities related to plant or plant related exhibits. OR Education: Successful completion of a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D., if directly related. Directly related degrees may include horticulture, plant science, botany, museum studies or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR A combination of graduate level education and experience as described above. In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements stated above, applicants must be able to display in their resume that they have experience or formal education which included skill in caring and styling multiple genera of bonsai or penjing for public display in a museum, public garden, or exhibit. 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.