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Job opening: Gardener Leader

Salary: $25 per hour
Published at: Mar 11 2024
Employment Type: Intermittent
About the position: This position will be assigned to the Eisenhower Golf Course, Air Force Academy, Colorado. This position does not include benefits.


Using knowledge of ideal course playing conditions prepares the courses for daily play by changing cups, tee markers, etc. Inspects greens, tees, fairways, roughs, trees, and shrubs for appearance and condition. Determines corrective action and applies chemicals for any disease, weed and insect development after consultation with supervisor. Determines the need and method to be used in watering, fertilizing, applying chemicals, seeding, sodding and mowing grass. Determines soil pH necessary for good plant growth and applies gypsum, lime or sulfur to change pH levels. Applies fertilizers, calibrates spreaders to ensure even distribution of materials, preventing burns, skips or overlaps. Operates farm tractors with attachments, mowers and other equipment used in golf course maintenance. Leads small groups of employees on duties for course maintenance. Provides leadership and instruction and helps to set the work pace and checks the quality of work to ensure it meets with established objectives. May instruct employees and assist in the training of employees on equipment operations. As directed, assumes supervisory duties in the absence of the course supervisor. Trims trees and shrubs, removing branches and limbs on the basis of type of tree and shrub and the purpose used in the landscaping. Directs the planting of trees and shrubs to include fertilization, staking, guying and irrigation to foster tree growth. Treats cuts and wounds with antiseptic paint to promote healing. Uses electric pruners, hand and powered saws, lopping shears, axes, pruning knives, shovels and similar hand tools. Operates computerized irrigation system. Checks system for operation and performance, adjusts runtime to eliminate wet/dry areas. Applies supplement water through system or by hand watering to meet turf needs. Performs maintenance on sprinkler heads to include cleaning or replacing broken parts to ensure proper operation. Installs, repairs, maintains swing joint risers and distribution lines varying in size from ¾" to 12" in diameter, made of PVC or poly material. Assists mechanics in basic equipment maintenance, primarily during winter months. Sharpens reels and blades with automated spin grinders, performs disassembly and assembly of reels and mounting on mowers. Periodically assists with oil changes, hydraulic system, brakes, fuel filters, and other basic equipment services. Works under the administrative and technical supervision of the Course Supervisor. Exercises own initiative in the performance of duties. Supervisor is available for general directions and advice on new or unusual problems. Work is checked to see it meets accepted standards. Guidelines include manufacturers specifications, service manuals, schematic diagrams, turf grass books and publications on locally established policies and procedures. Works in all types of weather. Exposed to dirt, dust, mud, chemicals, grease, oil, water, cuts, bruises, burns, falls, infections, electrical shock and injury from powered equipment and hand tools. Performs other related duties as assigned. If interested in applying for this position you may preview the online application: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12348305


  • This position requires the incumbent to complete a background investigation with favorable results.
  • This position requires the incumbent to provide a copy of driving record.
  • This position requires the incumbent to complete a pre-employment physical.
  • This position requires the incumbent to work an uncommon tour of duty.


Who May Apply: Open to everyone. Applicants will be categorized by preference(s) and/or priority consideration eligibilities. An applicant's eligibility will be determined based on eligibility claimed in the questionnaire and proof of eligibility MUST be provided with application by the closing date, 06/03/2024 Business Based Action, Military Spouse Preference, Outside Applicant Veteran, Spouse/Widow/Parent of Veteran, and Transition Hiring Preference In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if the position allows for qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Qualifying Experience: Applicant must have a minimum of one season of golf course maintenance experience and have a good understanding of the USGA rules of golf. Applicant must have experience in turf grass management, horticulture practices, basic irrigation design principles, reading and interpreting schematic designs, spreader calibration methods and spraying chemicals or fertilizers on a golf course. Applicant must have knowledge of OSHA safety standards as they apply to equipment and personnel. Must have experience in determining and repairing defective parts on a golf course irrigation system. Applicant must have some experience leading people and skill in oral communication. Experience operating farm tractors, mowers, other turf equipment, tree spades, power tools and saws is required. Must have the ability to read and interpret regulations, policies, OI's, etc. Must be able to communicate effectively in English. Turf management study certification or degree in similar field such as horticulture or agronomy is preferable. Must have valid driver's license. Must have the ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner. Must provide a copy of driving record. Good physical condition is needed for extensive walking, bending and stooping. Works outside in all types of weather. Must work an uncommon tour of duty. Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 80 pounds. Pre-employment physical required. Pre-employment immunizations are required. Position subject to furlough in January and February. Satisfactory completion of a Tier One investigation is required.


Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. This position does not allow for education substitution.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


  • Address USAFA Community Services Flight 10 FSS/FSMH, 5136 Eagle Drive USAF Academy, CO 80840-2620 US
  • Name: USAF Academy NAF HR Office
  • Email: [email protected]


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