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Vocational Assistant Manager/Horticulturalist

Center for Living and Learning


Job Summary

The Center for Living and Learning’s (CLL) community Vocational Rehabilitation Program is seeking a part-time Vocational Assistant Manager/Horticulturalist, Monday-Friday between 8:00am-2:00pm. Exact schedule is negotiable and expected to be approximately 20-30 hours per week.

This program provides pre-employment transition services, work adjustment, vocational assessments, job readiness/job placement, and supported employment for residents of CLL and individuals from the community with a documented disability from ages 16+. Ultimately, a qualified candidate will have the opportunity to teach soft skills while gardening alongside our trainees.

We are a vendor of the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. A candidate has the opportunity to become certified as a job coach through this department, if holding the necessary qualifications listed below. Other candidates without these qualifications may still be considered. Candidates with a Master Gardening Certificate, knowledge and paid experience with growing and maintaining vegetable gardens, and paid experience working with individuals with disabilities will be considered first.

Job Responsibilities

Manage CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program

  • Monitor employees and delegate garden tasks accordingly
  • Schedule CSA customers
  • Plan growing season (minimum of 16 weeks)

Garden Planning

  • Order supplies for the season (e.g., seeds, cover cloth, etc.)
  • Plan spring, summer, and fall garden for seven garden beds (the season will start in April and come to an end around the end of October).
  • Communicate garden supply needs to Vocational Manager

Garden Operations

  • Maintain garden equipment: truck, push mowers, weed eaters, and zero-turn mower with gas and oil.
  • Create a schedule to spray organic pesticides weekly for insect and disease control
  • Maintain grounds with mower, weed eater, and blower as needed.

**This job description is brief and duties are not limited to those listed above. The full job description will be given at the time of the interview and discussed accordingly.**


Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and written documentation of one year experience in horticulture or an associates degree/high school diploma and three years’ experience in horticulture. Paid experience working directly with those with a disability will be considered first. Candidates must have the strength, endurance, and mobility to perform all necessary garden tasks (planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, lifting heavy garden buckets, doing lawn care, etc.). All candidates are subject to a background check and must have reliable transportation as well as a valid driver’s license. Recommended qualifications include:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Relational support skills: guiding, confronting, advising, delegating, and directing
  • Ability to oversee small projects effectively given instruction from Vocational Manager
  • Follow gardening methods and structure already in place
  • Experience in job training individuals with disabilities and/or willingness to be take required training to become a Certified Employment Support Specialist through the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Experience in gardening and/or education in horticulture
  • Ability to multi-task and keep daily records of garden needs
  • Ability to follow safety policies and procedures
  • Ability to use time effectively
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to be self-directed
  • Ability to adapt to change

Additional Information


Flexible schedule

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kate Harris, Vocational Manager, at


  • Date Posted: November 23, 2020
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Environment
  • Salary Range: 15.00-17.00/hour
  • Working Hours: Monday-Friday between 8:00am-2:00pm. Exact schedule is negotiable and expected to be approximately 20-30 hours per week.