Department of the Air Force - Hanscom AFB, MA (30+ days ago)4.5

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CUT-OFF DATE: Complete application packages processed by the first cut-off date of 20 JUNE 2018 may be rated and receive first consideration for employment. If your application is submitted and processed after this date, you will receive consideration on an "as needed basis".

The primary purpose of this position is to perform the work of a Gardener (Motor Vehicle Operator) planting/transplanting specific flowers, shrubs and grass according to instructions. landscaping assigned areas by spreading topsoil, fertilizing, liming, seeding, planting, laying sod and watering; performing grounds maintenance work, such as mowing, weeding, watering, pruning, and trimming according to
instructions; using and maintaining a variety of hand and power operated garden tools and equipment, such as seeders, spreaders, edgers, hedge trimmers, pruning shears, sprayers, spades, hoes, rakes, and mowers; driving one or more types of light trucks that typically have a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 10,000 pounds, such as pickup trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, carryalls, and sedans to transport materials and equipment; utilizing safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintaining a safe and clean work environment.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
5003 Gardening


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Must be registered for Selective Service. See Legal and Regulatory Guide
A security clearance may be required
PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
Recruitment incentives may be authorized
This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
This is a drug testing designated position, Incumbent may be subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment and may be subject to random drug testing for drug use.
Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours and shift hours, which may include evenings, weekends and/or holidays. Nay be required to serve "on call"; subject to call 7 days a week/24 hours a day.
May be required to be available after duty hours when problems arise and may be required to carry an electronic beeper or cell phone.
Employee must maintain current certifications
Disclosure of Political Appointments
The work requires the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate valid drivers license is required for the position.
Incumbent will safeguard budget related information and/or files
Appointment may be contingent upon passing a physical examination
Incumbent may be required to obtain and maintain appropriate background investigation
QUALIFICATION: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C for the WG-5000. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

The screen out element for this position is to perform the work of a Gardener (Motor Vehicle Operator) performing grounds maintenance work such as planting, pruning and trimming flowers, shrubs, and grass; using hand and power operated gardening tools; as well as operating one or more types of vehicles such as pickup trucks, panel trucks, flat bed trucks up to 10,000 pounds without more than normal supervision.
JOB ELEMENTS: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of seasonal gardening tasks such as fertilizing, preparing seedbeds, transplanting, laying sod, aerating,
pruning, trimming, and applying chemicals to plants; grounds maintenance, such as mowing grass and trimming trees and
shrubs; and how to apply fertilizer evenly to avoid underfeeding or burning of plants.
2. Knowledge of safety practices and procedures; and traffic and safety regulations, practices, and procedures pertaining to
motor vehicle operation.
3. Knowledge of cargo handling and hauling and techniques for safeguarding and protecting cargo.
4. Skill in operating one or more gasoline, diesel, or electric powered wheeled vehicles with a GVW of up to 10,000
pounds such as pickup trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, carryalls, sedans, crew cab pickup trucks, jeeps, and station
wagons; and using and maintaining hand and power tools such as seeders, spreaders, edgers, hedge trimmers, pruning
shears, sprayers, spades, hoes, rakes, and mowers.
5. Ability to recognize obvious plant diseases, plant insects, and unusual or poor plant growth.
6. Ability to follow instructions, work orders, and specifications related to gardening, motor vehicle operation, and
performing preventive maintenance.

May be required to train/guide other employees.
Employee will be required to support Base Readiness and Emergency Operations Exercises and Real World Threats and Events.
Employee will be required to support Special Events (i.e. Annual Air Show, Base Exercises) not necessarily performing in their primary skill code.
Employee will be required to be part of the Civil Engineering Snow Removal Team not necessarily performing in their primary skill code. Employee would be trained on safe snow shoveling and snow removal practice and would receive appropriate safety equipment.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Additional information
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information..

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here .

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Incentives : Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

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Physical Effort: Work requires frequent walking, standing, pushing of carts and wheelbarrows, bending, and stooping. The gardener
occasionally climbs ladders to prune or trim vegetation and frequently lifts heavy objects, such as bags of fertilizer and grass seed. Motor vehicle operators reach, bend, turn, or move hands, arms, feet, and legs to operate hand and foot controls. Operators exert moderate physical effort in the frequent handling of objects weighing up to 40 pounds, and the occasional handling of heavier objects while loading cargo with the assistance of other workers or weight handling equipment.

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. Exposed to dirt, dust, mud, and sometimes to chemical sprays and dusts; may wear protective clothing, such as gloves, safety shoes, and boots. There is a chance of minor injuries, such as bruises,
cuts, and scrapes and occasional possibility of broken bones from falls. Motor vehicle operators work mostly outside and operate vehicles in all kinds of weather in a controlled traffic environment throughout a government installation. Exposed to dirt and fumes and to the possibility of cuts, bruises, and broken bones as a result of accidents while driving or from falling objects when loading and unloading the vehicle.

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

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

Your application will be rated under the Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which the quality, depth, and complexity of your experience and education relate to the qualifications requirement. Additional points are not added for Veteran's Preference; however, Veteran Preference is still applied.

Category 3 , Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements.
Category 2 , Highly Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements.
Category 1 , Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The numeric rating you received is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)

If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. A complete Application Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:

Online Application - Questionnaire
Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period
Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
Veterans' Preference - If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission . The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
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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