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PRESERVATION GARDENER

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform landscape preservation maintenance and the treatment of cultural landscapes at the entry level.

I. Preservation Laws, Philosophy, and Practice

A. Cultural Resources Management Guidelines, NPS-28, and Secretary of the Interior's Standards
B. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended

II. Preservation Skills

A. Preserve historic fabric

III. Craft Skills

A. Contemporary and historic landscape plants
B. Use and maintenance of gardening tools
C. Worker safety

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic knowledge of Federal cultural resource preservation legislation, policies, guidelines, standards and procedures, particularly the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines and NPS-28.

Knowledge of compliance laws, regulations and procedures and the ability to assist with conducting compliance procedures (Section 106 documentation).

Ability to protect and preserve historic fabric and resources to minimize damage, deterioration and/or alteration.

Knowledge of contemporary and historic woody and herbaceous landscape plants.

Ability to use and maintain a wide variety of gardening tools, supplies and equipment used to maintain landscapes

Ability to recognize materials safety, environmental or other workplace hazards and respond appropriately.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform state-of-the-art landscape preservation maintenance and the treatment of cultural landscapes at the developmental level. Work is performed under normal supervision with emphasis on traditional and historical gardening skills.

All competencies at the entry level plus:

I. Preservation Laws, Philosophy, and Practice

A. Origins, theories, principles, etc as they apply to historic preservation

II. Preservation Skills

A. Contemporary and period design
B. Treatment and maintenance of cultural landscapes

III. Craft Skills

A. Treatment and maintenance recommendations
B. Condition Assessments
C. Sources of technical information
D. Project work

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic knowledge of the origins, theories, principles, laws, practices and techniques of historic preservation, particularly as they apply to the preservation of cultural landscapes and the ability to interpret these policies and practices and apply them to the definition and execution of preservation projects.

Skill to determine contemporary and period design, materials and maintenance practices as they effect the integrity of historic resources.

Ability to carry out treatment and maintenance of cultural landscapes in a manner which protects bother cultural and natural resource values.

Ability to carry out treatment and maintenance recommendations in a manner which mitigate impacts to historic landscapes and protect both cultural and natural landscape resources.

Ability to effectively accomplish field inspections, prepare condition assessment reports, plans, specifications, and cost estimates to support landscape preservation maintenance.

Ability to work accurately from blueprints, sketches, shop lists, and written and oral instructions to procure supplies, materials and equipment for project work.

Ability to field identify or coordinate professional assistance for taxonomic verification of plant identification.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform state-of-the-art landscape preservation maintenance and the treatment of cultural landscapes at the full performance level. Work is performed with little direct supervision and with oral and written instructions.

All competencies at the entry and developmental levels plus:

I. Preservation Laws, Philosophy, and Practice

A. Historically designed landscapes
B. Apply policies and standards to historic landscapes

II. Preservation Skills

A. Sources of information
A. Journeyman level skills
B. Implement landscape preservation program
C. Implement condition assessment program
D. Project work documentation

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to identify, locate and access sources of additional information and expertise related to historic landscape management, preservation horticulture, landscape preservation and related disciplines,

Knowledge of historic designed landscapes, gardens, plantings including vistas.

Ability to apply policies, standards, and guidelines in prescribing treatment and preservation maintenance of historic properties, particularly their application historic biotic and structural features of cultural landscapes.

Journeyman level knowledge of landscape horticulture, arboriculture, turf management, plant identification, integrated pest management and landscape construction procedures.

Ability to develop, refine and implement a landscape preservation maintenance program which addresses site specific routine and cyclic maintenance issues.

Ability to develop and implement a detailed inventory and condition assessment program to regularly monitor, evaluate and identify conservation work needed on the state of landscape features

Ability to accurately and completely document project work through photography and written narratives.



National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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