Summary This position is assigned to the Maintenance Group of Engineering Service at the VA Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The Gardener position performs professional gardening work concerned with the maintenance and improvement of the 18.8 acres at this Medical Center and is specifically involved with the culture of its existing and proposed trees, shrubs, lawns, flower beds and interior plantings. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Maintains landscape in a healthy, disease-free and attractive condition; Provides corrective action for problems involving plant management, insect and disease control for exterior and interior based plants based on the particular species; Determines when corrective action is needed to improve health, vigor and appearance of plants by fertilizing, pruning, transplanting, pest control, etc.; Performs power/pressure washing building exteriors, sidewalks, exterior "welcome mats" railings and other misc. landscape features or adornments to maintain aesthetics and cleanly appearance; Ensures proper operation, storage and maintenance of equipment such as commercial pressure washers, power lawn mowers, edger's, trimmers, pruners, weed eaters, sprayers, and miscellaneous hand tools, including but not limited to shovels, spades, rakes, hoes, shears, gardening saws, chain saws, etc.; Performs maintenance, cleanliness and aesthetics of exterior outbuildings; Performs trench digging, minor sprinkler head/risers repair work, raking, etc.; Maintains accurate, up-to-date records on word performed, ensuring areas are cleaned on a consistent schedule; Conducts pickup and deliveries within the facility grounds; Skilled in operating powered vehicles such as sedans, pickup trucks, wheelchair vans and passenger vans; Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Varies Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Pre-employment physical required Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, you must have the ability to perform the following duties of the Gardener without more than normal supervision: performing a wide variety of grounds keeping work; maintaining landscapes in a healthy, disease-free and attractive condition; using equipment such as commercial pressure washers, power lawn mowers, edger's, trimmers, pruners, weed eaters, sprayers, and miscellaneous hand tools. In addition, applicants to this vacancy must possess a current, valid state driver's license. Please DO NOT upload a copy of your license at this time. If an interview is requested, you may be required to provide a copy of your current, valid, and unrestricted state driver's license at that time. PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: Work will be performed over 18.8 acres and, as such, requires frequent walking and the use of a tractor for transportation of equipment and materials. Frequent bending, stooping, and standing are required due to the nature of the work. The person in this position will climb ladders to prune, plant material or to place Christmas lights. He/she will be required to lift heavy objects such as fertilizer, salt, plant material and maneuver loaded wheelbarrows. The majority of work is done outdoors and will be subject to discomfort from long periods of heat and humidity, cold, wind, rain, and will perform responsibilities with minimum interruption under these conditions. He/ she will be exposed to chemical sprays and dusts. He/she will be provided protective clothing and equipment such as uniforms, gloves, respirator, safety shoes and boots. During periods of extreme weather, such as heavy rain or severe heat, the person in this position may be given assignments to assist other members of the section in moving materials and equipment, shop maintenance and other tasks which may be outside the range of gardening. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications. For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume. You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Dexterity and Safety Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading) Materials Measuring Instruments Technical Practices Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. 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. Education Additional Information Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (559) 225-6100. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.