Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture)


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    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Public Programs Division. The incumbent serves as an Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) with emphasis on urban agriculture and assists in educational programs that fulfill the USBG's mission. The incumbent is responsible for developing partnerships and educational programs, conducting outreach and engagement and developing participation in the program area of urban agriculture. US Botanic Garden

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent serves as the U.S. Botanic Garden's primary expert on urban agriculture and is a liaison to internal offices and external organizations in the community. The position will require working weekends, holidays and extended hours on a recurring basis as directed. Some travel will be required.

    This position may be filled at the GS-7, GS-9 or GS-11 level. If starting at the lower levels, developmental assignments will be given with the goal of attaining the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the GS-11 level.

    Major Duties Include:

    Partnerships

    Identifies, develops, manages and oversees new urban agriculture partnerships between the AOC/USBG and public gardens and other institutions nationwide aimed at providing educational and job training experiences in urban agriculture, horticulture, food production and preparation, nutrition, composting and related areas in urban communities.

    Educational Programs

    Develops, writes, offers and evaluates new educational programs that fulfill the mission of the USBG, focusing on agriculture production and sustainable food systems. Develops and offers formal and informal educational programs and hands-on activities for classroom, greenhouses and outdoor gardens, through a range of formats, including workshops, classes, discovery carts, festivals, and for diverse audiences of differing ages, backgrounds and educational levels.

    Community Engagement

    Identifies and builds relationships with a diversity of relevant stakeholders in agriculture and food systems locally. Engages with other public gardens, institutions and organizations nationwide and in and around Washington, D.C., that have or are developing urban agriculture and community engagement programs or are working in the fields of urban agriculture, gardening and/or food systems. Works to diversify USBG's program audience through community engagement.

    Plant Cultivation

    Works with the horticulture team to cultivate and interpret plants of agricultural, economic and culinary importance. Assists with design and installation of agricultural and horticultural demonstrations in an urban setting and provides for their maintenance and upkeep through activities like planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing and related tasks. Performs complex plant cultivation tasks and may utilize a variety of equipment including but not limited to hand and power-operated garden tools.

    Participates in displays of plants, exhibits and educational programs for the public and advocates a commitment to fostering sustainability and plant conservation.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    11

  • Job family (Series)
    1701 General Education And Training

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements 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 the job-related KSAs
    • You must meet the education requirement


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    Qualifications

    You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

    Specialized experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

    For GS-7

    Qualifying on Experience:

    For the GS-7 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-5. Specialized experience is defined as experience: (1) Propagating and cultivating a wide variety of plants with a particular emphasis on vegetable and fruit production; (2) Assisting with formal and informal educational programs and hands-on activities for classroom, greenhouses and outdoor gardens, through a range of formats; and (3) Assisting with the development of partnerships, conducting outreach and promoting engagement and participation in urban agriculture; (4) Assisting with engaging community organizations in sustainable agriculture practices and other related activities; and (5) Providing support to the management of programs and partnerships, including jointly developing work plans, monitoring expenditures and tracking deliverables and outcomes.

    Qualifying on Education:

    You may substitute education for experience for this position. Your education must consist of at least one full year of graduate education or superior academic achievement (SAA) on a 4-year degree. Must be related to the duties of the position.

    You qualify for the GS-7 level if you meet one of the following SAA criteria in a qualifying field of study.

    1. Class Standing - You were in the upper third of the graduating class in your college, university, or major subdivision (e.g., College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration) based on completed courses.

    2. Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) -
  • You have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based either on 4 years of education or on the courses you completed during the last 2 years of your curriculum.
  • You have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) in the required courses you completed in your major field or the required courses you completed in your major field during the last 2 years of your curriculum.

  • Note: You should round your grade-point average to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 would be rounded to 3.0 and 2.94 would round to 2.9.

    3. Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society

    For GS-9

    Qualifying on Experience:

    For the GS-9 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-7. Specialized experience is defined as experience: (1) Propagating and cultivating a wide variety of plants with a particular emphasis on vegetable and fruit production; (2) Developing and offering formal and informal educational programs and hands-on activities for classroom, greenhouses and outdoor gardens, through a range of formats; (3) Developing partnerships, conducting outreach and promoting engagement and participation in urban agriculture; (4) Engaging community organizations in sustainable agriculture practices and other related activities; and (5) Providing management of programs and partnerships, including jointly developing work plans, monitoring expenditures and tracking deliverables and outcomes.

    Qualifying on Education:

    You may substitute education for experience for this position. Your education must consist of two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree. Must be related to the duties of the position.

    For GS-11

    Qualifying on Experience:

    For the GS-11 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-9. Specialized experience is defined as experience: (1) Propagating and cultivating a wide variety of plants with a particular emphasis on vegetable and fruit production; (2) Independently developing and offering formal and informal educational programs and hands-on activities for classroom, greenhouses and outdoor gardens, through a range of formats; (3) Identifying, evaluating and developing partnerships, conducting outreach and promoting engagement and participation in urban agriculture; (4) Developing strategies to engage community organizations in sustainable agriculture practices and other activities that address poor diet, nutritional illiteracy and food insecurity; and (5) Providing management and oversight of programs and partnerships, including jointly developing work plans, monitoring expenditures and tracking deliverables and outcomes.

    Qualifying on Education:

    You may substitute education for experience for this position. Your education must consist of a three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree. Must be related to the duties of the position.

    Education

    Basic Requirements:

    Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a field appropriate to the position.

    or

    Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

    Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

    Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

    You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

    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 OPM vet guide

    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, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information 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 made 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.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

    Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
    • Ability to propagate and successfully cultivate a wide variety of plants with a particular emphasis on vegetable and fruit production.
    • Ability in designing, developing and implementing educational programs for diverse audiences.
    • Knowledge of agriculture and food production in urban settings.
    • Skill in working with diverse populations, such as children, youth, adults, underserved communities, veterans and individuals with disabilities and demonstrate customer service ability.
    • Knowledge of safe practices for farming, food handling and storage.
    • Ability to engage community organizations in sustainable agriculture practices and other activities that address poor diet, nutritional illiteracy and food insecurity.
    • Ability to exhibit a positive and professional attitude and approach toward the work, co-workers, stakeholders, supervisors and the public.

    Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Security clearance
    Q - Nonsensitive

    Drug test required
    Yes

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

    We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

    If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    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 .

    A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation; training and development opportunities, etc.

    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.

  • How to Apply
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    If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.

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    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509253800 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Architect of the Capitol
Posted
09/06/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Washington DC, DC, US