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Job opening: Gardener (Motor Vehicle Operator)

Salary: $19 - 22 per hour
Published at: Aug 10 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), and Fayetteville VA Medical Center (VAMC). The incumbent serves as Gardener within the Environmental Management Service & Grounds Section to perform a variety of tasks related to exterior and interior gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance in support of the mission and goals of the Medical Center.


Performing seasonal gardening tasks cultivating with a wide variety of plants in flower and shrub beds throughout the Medical Center campus preparing soil for plants, seeding, thinning, transplanting, trimming, pruning, fertilizing, aerating, mulching, spraying and dusting of ground cover, flowers, shrubs and trees as instructed. Inspects plants, trees and shrubs for disease, insects, and/or unusual or poor plant growth. Works in gardening tasks and may be assisted by employees, volunteers and/or students in preparing planting areas. Maintain lawn mowing, trimming, fertilizing, watering, weed eating, edging sidewalks, blowing leaves, ensuring entranceways are free of debris and obstacles, etc. Operate a 20' stake bed truck for collecting debris resulting from high winds or storm damage and a 24,000 - 26,000 lb. GVW truck with a van body and a hydraulically operated tail gate for moving supplies and materials. Collect trash, garbage and contaminated waste when coverage is required. Assists in the pick-up and delivery of vehicles for routine maintenance. Work Schedule: Hours may vary depending on the needs of the service which may includes nights and/or weekends. Position Description Title/PD#: Gardener (Motor Vehicle Operator)/PD8079 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized



To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/31/2023. EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements: Ability to Do the Work of the Position without More Than Normal SupervisionAbility to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (Other Than Blueprint Reading)Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and EquipmentDexterity and SafetyKnowledge of MaterialsTechnical Practices (Theoretical, Precise, Artistic)Use of Measuring Instruments 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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. Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Physical Effort This position requires walking, standing, bending, pushing, pulling, stretching and stooping for long periods of time. Carries materials, equipment and objects of varying weights, sizes and shapes up to 100 lbs. Frequently ladders are used for pruning and trimming large shrubbery and trees and cleaning out building gutters, etc. Requires muscular effort to operate motor vehicles, as well as loading and unloading materials and supplies. Muscular ? effort and coordination is also required to operate the various controls on power lawn equipment. Working Conditions The incumbent's work is performed primarily outside. Working conditions are often dirty and noisy, subject to discomfort from long periods in the hot sun and to cold and rainy weather in the winter. Incumbent will be exposed to grass clippings, brush, environmental smell/odors, chemical sprays, fertilizer dust, pollen, etc. On occasion, work is required in areas that may pose health hazards if proper precautions are not taken. Working conditions are such that the worker must constantly be mindful of safety precautions in order to limit the possibility of accidents, contamination, and personal injury or injury to others within the work area.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.


  • Address Fayetteville NC VA Medical Center 2300 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 US
  • Name: Allan Thongrattana
  • Phone: 951-517-6941
  • Email: [email protected]