Nursery Paraprofessional

Habilitation Center Nursery
Boca Raton





For 40 years, the Habilitation Center for the Handicapped has provided vocational training for adults with disabilities and the HabCenter Nursery is currently seeking a part time paraprofessional to join our growing team.  As a paraprofessional, you will have the unique opportunity to work with adults with disabilities in a professional plant nursery setting.  The paraprofessional fills a vital role in the success of the nursery by overseeing daily tasks which include teaching our clients as well as working side by side with them. 


With approximately five acres of growing space, the staff and clients in the nursery provide bedding annuals to many of the local landscapers, golf courses, municipalities, and retail garden centers.  We take pride in our ability to not only empower adults with disabilities, but also to provide exceptional quality to our customers. 


A Successful candidate will have a mixed background, with experience in two major areas: working in a professional nursery setting and also working with individuals with disabilities.  This is a wonderful job for the right person as the position can be very rewarding in many ways.  


This is a part time position, with a minimum of 20 hours per week required, however, due to the seasonally demanding nature of the business, additional time will be required.


Part time employees receive annual paid vacation and sick leave, life insurance, paid holidays, and access to health and dental insurance.   All candidates must include a resume to be considered.




            1.         Minimum of a High School degree or equivalency diploma preferred.


            2.         At least one year work experience with the disabled preferred.


            3.         Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.


            4.         At least one year experience working in a plant nursery.




            1.         Supervisor:                Plant Nursery Manager


            2.         Supervisees:             None


D.        JOB DUTIES:


            1.         Complies with agency policies, procedures and directives.


            2.         Assist with the development of realistic, behaviorally specific program                                   outcomes that are incorporated into the Individual Education Plans (IEP) for                         each client assigned to this position.


            3.         Keeps accurate records and data relating to production, training and                                     habilitation (IEP, Behavior Management, time cards).


            4.         Assists in the completion of monthly progress reports and annual                                           assessments.


            5.         Under the direction of the position’s supervisory instructor, carry out sound                          and creative strategies designed to assist each client assigned to this                                   position to achieve his or her program objectives.


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              6.       Assist supervisor in carefully monitoring and documenting the success each                        client assigned to this position has in reaching desired program outcomes                            and, where necessary, contribute to modification of existing program                                              objectives and/or the development of new ones.      


              7.       Proffer all required reports in strict accordance with designated deadlines                             and make certain said reports are accurate, complete and professionally                              presented.


              8.       Treat each client with the highest degree of dignity and respect and act in a                         way that optimizes client’s right to self-determination and contributes to his                           or her sense of self-esteem.


              9.       Cooperate with fellow staff, as part of a team effort, to assist each client in                           maximizing his or her inherent potential.


            10.       Implements behavioral programs and provides the appropriate                                               reinforcement under the direction of the Director of Programs/

                       Director of Social Services.


            11.       Works with clients, both individually and in small groups.


            12.       Attends meetings as requested.


            13.       Shows initiative and creativity in providing activities during downtime.


            14.       Supervises actual plant production and maintains quality assurance                                      standards.


            15.       Assists clients in self-care activities and activities of daily living, e.g. toileting                        of men and women, lifting and managing of maladaptive and aggressive                              behaviors.


            16.       Monitors the cafeteria and common areas as assigned.


            17.       Reports any behavioral/physical changes in clients.


            18.       Attends in-service training as requested.


            19.       Maintains client confidentiality.


            20.       Shares responsibility for closing and securing the nursery as scheduled.


            21.       Assists in the maintenance of a safe, clean and well-organized environment                        and immediately reports any health or safety hazards to the supervisor.


            22.       Performs clerical work as assigned, including paper work.


            23.       Performs other relevant duties as required and assigned.