Announcement Number:Gaborone-2021-005
Hiring Agency:Embassy Gaborone
Position Title:Gardener (All interested Applicants/All Sources)
Open Period:02/10/2021 – 02/24/2021

Vacancy Time Zone:GMT+2
Series/Grade:LE – 1310 2
Salary:BWP P71,906Work
Schedule:Full-time – 40 hours per week Promotion
Location(s):1 Vacancy in Gaborone, BC

Telework Eligible:No
For More Info:HR Section GABHRSection@state.gov


Hiring Path:• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:For USEFM – FS  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:Public Trust – Background InvestigationAppointment TypePermanentAppointment Type Details:
•    Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary periodMarketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The work schedule for this position is:

    • Full time – 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:No
Travel Required:Not Required


Executes all gardening tasks for the Chancery, Principal Officer, DCR, MSG residence, and temporary and vacant residences.  Also assists with individual and unique gardening tasks at other residents as instructed. Responsible for all aspects of gardening operations at the Chancery compound, CMR, DCR, MSG residence, as well as temporarily occupied and vacant residences.  Must work with the supervisory gardener to divide his/her time accordingly between the various work locations.  This work includes:  planting and maintaining lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and all other forms of vegetation at the properties.  Responsible for requesting required equipment, supplies, seeds, fertilizers, etc., as necessary.  Responsible for maintaining and keeping all equipment in proper working order at all times.

Qualifications and Evaluations



A minimum of one-year gardening experience is required.


Must be familiar with gardening techniques, gardening layout, irrigation requirements, proper garden appearance, and tools required to achieve desired conditions.

Education Requirements:


Completion of primary school education is required



Level I (Rudimentary) English ability and Level II (Good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing Setswana is required.


Must be able to use all tools of the gardening trade.  Knowledge of the appropriate use of fertilizers and pesticides as recommended by the Department of State.   Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Must have current valid Botswana driver’s license.

“This may be tested”.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits:Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


    1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, EFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Medical and Security clearances.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.


Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application.

Primary School Certificate

Copy Driver’s License

Curriculum Vitae

SF-50 (if applicable)

DD-214 and supporting documentation (if applicable)


Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana.