Gardener Leader Turf Grass Management Intern Job in AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Vacancy No. 21-6WFSWG00223235 Department U.S. Air Force Academy
Salary $18.42 to $18.42 Grade 8 to 8
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 4/5/2021 Close Date 7/5/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 04/05/2021 to 07/05/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    NL 8

  • Salary

    $18.42 to $18.42 per hour

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Intermittent - Flexible - No guaranteed hours - work 0-40 hours per week


few vacancies in the following location:

  • Air Force Academy, CO
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Please see the "Who May Apply" section under the Qualifications section.

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  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    About the position:
    This position will be assigned to the Eisenhower Golf Course, Air Force Academy, Colorado.

    • This position does not include benefits.
    • Strenuous standing, walking, bending, stooping, heavy lifting up to 75 lbs., and working in cramped and strained positions.
    • Climbs in trees and ladders.
    • A pre-employment physical is required.
    • Pre and post employment immunizations are required.

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    • Works in all areas in the maintenance of the golf course including greens, tees, fairways, roughs, trees, ponds and landscaping.
    • Using knowledge of ideal course conditions, prepares the course for play by completing mowing operations, changing cups, setting tee markers, completes through detailing and course inspection.
    • Helps in scouting, inspections and monitoring turf areas and trees for appearance and condition looking for early signs of stress caused by disease, pest problems or environmental factors.
    • Determines the cause using test equipment and knowledge and makes recommended corrective actions to the supervisor using Integrated Pest Management strategies.
    • Conducts periodic soil and water sampling.
    • Uses pH test kits to determine soil and water pH levels and makes recommendations on appropriate corrective actions to the supervisor.
    • Using soil probes, moisture meters and local knowledge makes daily recommendations on the amount of irrigation needed to maintain the turf in top condition and maintaining excellent playing conditions.
    • Instruct employees on the different methods of hand watering to include, syringing and deep soaking using wetting agents.
    • Operates and makes repairs to the computerized irrigation system to include sprinkler heads, pvc piping, and control systems.
    • Learns the basic operations of the pump station and VFD controls.
    • Learns the basic hydraulic operation of an irrigation system.
    • Participates in the application of fertilizers and soil amendments.
    • Calibrates spreaders and sprayers to ensure an even distribution and accurate application.
    • Performs compatibility test on products prior to mixing combinations for spray operations.
    • Performs maintenance on spray equipment to include, pumps, hoses, nozzles, belts, valves, etc.
    • Completes forms for record keeping and completes all calculations for amounts of products used per thousand square feet.
    • Assist the mechanics in equipment maintenance functions in basic service and care of the equipment.
    • Rebuilds mower cutting units by replacing worn bearings, seals and blades.
    • Sharpens mowers using automatic spin grinders and reassembles the mower cutting units.
    • Adjusts the cut and height of reel mowers to ensure the highest level of quality cut is achieved on a daily basis.
    • Assist in preventative maintenance procedures including oil changes, lubrication servicing air and fuel filters.
    • 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.
    • Performs administrative duties as assigned.
    • Participates in the process of receiving supplies, learns how to complete the required documentation for receiving and record keeping.
    • Learns the process of posting all expenditures to the monthly budget update log.
    • Participates in staff briefings and may lead a training or safety segment during the meetings.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.
    If interested in applying for this position you may preview the online application:

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    5003 Gardening

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • This position requires the incumbent to complete a background investigation with favorable results.
    • This position requires the incumbent to complete a pre-employment physical.
    • This position requires the incumbent to complete a pre-employment drug test.
    • This position requires the incumbent to have a valid drivers license.
    • This position requires the incumbent to provide a driving record from the state from which the incumbent has a valid drivers license.
    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, 07/05/2021

    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:
    • Incumbent must be currently enrolled in a Turf Grass Management Program at a university, which will result in a certificate or a 2 or 4-year degree.
    • Applicant must have previous golf maintenance experience and a good knowledge of the game of golf.
    • Applicant must be able to perform spreader and sprayer calibrations and be able to apply fertilizers and chemicals.
    • Applicant must be able to read and communicate effectively in English.
    • Must be able to lead other employees and be skilled in written and oral communications.
    • Must be able to read and interpret irrigation and equipment schematics.
    • Good physical conditioning in needed for extensive walking, bending and stooping.
    • Works outside in all kinds of weather.
    • Must work uncommon tour of duty.
    • Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 75 lbs.
    • A pre-employment physical is required.
    • Position is seasonal March-October.
    • Must have a valid driver's license.
    • Must have the ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner.
    • Must provide a copy of driving record.
    • This is a drug testing designated position.
    • The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.

    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.

    Additional information

    • Individual must fully meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Direct deposit is required
    • Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-Verify) check
    • A probationary period may be required
    • Pre-employment requirements must be satisfactorily met prior to Entrance on Duty (EOD)
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government's interest.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this job opportunity announcement. And additional selections may also be made from this job opportunity announcement.
    • Selection(s) are subject to restrictions resulting from hiring preferences and priority consideration eligible.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume and supporting document will be evaluated against the qualifications of the position.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination has been made that you have inflated your responses to meet the position's qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    To better expedite the hiring process, we recommend including full contact information (name, address, phone number, email, etc.,) for professional and personal references on your resume.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Required documents may vary based on the eligibility you are claiming (i.e., applying as a Military Spouse Preference - MSP, applying as a veteran, applying as a current federal employees, applying as a displaced employee, etc.,). The below document(s) are required and MUST be submitted with your application by the closing date of this job announcement:

    • Resume

    Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support identified the general or specialized experience described in this announcement.
    If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.

    Other accepted documents to support a qualification and/or claimed preference/priority eligibility may include:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Diploma/ GED
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • PCS Orders
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and supporting documents which prove your claimed eligibility. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package to include supplemental documents may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

  • Benefits

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    To be considered for this vacancy you must apply and complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

    • Applicants will be reviewed every two weeks from this announcement
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/05/2021 to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJobs account to apply. If you do not have a USAJobs account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account and designate the document type when submitting your application. Failure to complete this portion will result in an incomplete application package and you will not be further considered for this vacancy.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.

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    USAF Academy, CO 80840-2620
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