Careers

3 Current Job openings:

Associate Director of Research

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Title: Associate Director of Research
Reports To: Director of Research
FLSA Status: Exempt


The Associate Director of Research is responsible for establishing relationships with research and product development specialists from a number of companies who currently use, or will consider using, Agricenter as an integral part of their research and/or marketing efforts. This position reports directly to the Director of Research and interacts regularly with the farm manager and staff. Primary job responsibilities are to assist in the design and implementation of field experiments and maintain on-farm research trials with southern field crops. Areas of study include weed science, crop genetics, entomology, agricultural chemicals, new crops, and other agronomic crop-related areas. This position is also responsible for working on the esthetics and look of the research farm and will work closely with the Organic Farm Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Scouting.
2. Decision making.
3. Work with tenants and fulfill all responsibilities associated with their contract, including the Corn Maze (soil preparation, planting, pesticide application, etc.), Jones Orchard (soil preparation, fall cover crops, etc.), and Ducks Unlimited (flooding in the fall for waterfowl resting sites).
4. Assist the Education department:
• Coordinate tractor use for scheduled field tours.
• Maintain trailers so they are in good working condition for hay rides.
• Drive tractors on occasion.
• Participate in FFA field days and festivals associated with the Education Department.
• Speak at events.
• Provide areas of viewing and teaching kids about the farm.
• Participate in Feast on the Farm for the benefit of the Education Department.
5. Assist the Expo Center and Marketing:
• Mow fields for the parking area throughout the year for different festivals and the Delta Fair.
• Maintain dirt track prior to and during the Delta Fair.
• Water gravel roads during certain events.
• Maintain the grounds that are not kept up by the landscaping company.
6. Other duties as assigned by the President.

Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in Agriculture, with emphasis in Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Crop Science, Genetics, Crop Protection, Entomology, Weed Science, Physiology, Biological Sciences, or related field.
2. Minimum 5 years’ experience in relevant field research.
3. Computer skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
4. Ability and willingness to work in adverse environmental conditions such as heat, cold, wind, sun, and rain.
5. Professional communications skills; must be capable of dealing with professional cooperators, field day participants, and educational visitors.


Application:
1. A letter that outlines qualifications and interest.
2. Original copies of all transcripts.
3. Names, postal and email addresses, and phone numbers of five references.
Submit materials by mail to John R. Butler, President, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Box 9, Memphis, TN 38120, or via email to jbutler@agricenter.org.


Management Trainee

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Title: Management Trainee
Reports To: Operations Manager and ShowPlace Arena Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt


This is a professional level administrative and supervisory position working with the Agricenter Operations Manager and ShowPlace Arena Manager. Additional opportunities with other departments will be part of the training program. This position is responsible for working alongside managers and accepting and delegating responsibilities and duties, with the goal of eventually becoming an Assistant Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Work with other managers to plan and direct the work of the organization.
2. Help set policies.
3. Handle established accounts to gain familiarity.
4. Adhere to guidelines of formal written training program.
5. Attend periodic evaluations.
6. Achieve a passing score in all areas of the management training program in order to continue in the program.
7. Identify trends and recommend proactive or remedial action to manage business situations.
8. Manage the janitorial staff, setup staff, maintenance staff, and all day, night, and weekend staff.
9. Provide assistance and support for the setup and teardown of special events held at Agricenter and ShowPlace Arena.
10. Schedule and lead quarterly safety/fire procedure meetings with tenants; communicate these procedures to show coordinators.
11. Schedule inmates and correspond with the AOC.
12. Communicate with promoter during events to ensure all their needs are met.
13. Ensure that all employees are properly trained and/or certified.
14. Prepare monthly inmate schedules and reports for the Shelby County Division of Corrections.
15. Prepare orders for shavings and cleaning supplies.
16. Perform related work as required.
17. Handle client complaints, requests for information, and problems.
18. Collect all pertinent event information from promoters, vendors, etc.
19. Other duties as assigned by the President.

Qualifications:
1. Four-year degree in Ag Business, Business, or Marketing.
2. Some experience with livestock.
3. Good customer service skills.
4. Professional communication skills.
5. Ability to multi-task.
6. Experience in working arena dirt and driving a tractor.
7. Ability to work varied hours, including some nights and weekends, based on scheduled events.
8. Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.
9. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Application:
1. A letter that outlines qualifications and interest.
2. Original copies of all transcripts.
3. Names, postal and email addresses, and phone numbers of five references.
Submit materials by mail to John R. Butler, President, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Box 9, Memphis, TN 38120, or via email to jbutler@agricenter.org.


Weekend/Night Watchman

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Title:                     Weekend/Night Watchman

Reports To:          Night Supervisor

FLSA Status:         Non-Exempt

The Weekend/Night Watchman reports to the Agricenter’s Night Supervisor, Agricenter International Operations Manager and President.  This position will perform any and all combinations of cleaning duties to maintain the facility in a clean and orderly manner. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.       Monitor Agricenter after-hours cell phone.

2.       Lock/unlock, secure, and check building.

3.       Lock/unlock manual gate on west end of Smythe Farm Rd.

4.       Clean hallways, restrooms, elevators, stairways, and all meeting rooms.

5.       Vacuum carpet/rugs in all offices and meeting rooms.

6.       Empty wastebaskets in all offices and meeting rooms.

7.       Sweep, scrub, and polish floors, using mops, brooms, and/or power equipment.

8.       Assist in event set up, tear down, and clean up as needed

9.       Knowledge of operational policies and procedures.

10.   Sweep/mop floors before and after show events.

11.   Empty all trash before/after all show events.

12.   Check, clean, and stock National Weather Service restrooms and kitchen areas on weekends and holidays.

13.   Check, clean, and stock RV Park restrooms on weekends and holidays.

14.   Fill in for sick days, vacation days, and holidays as needed.

15.   Complete all other duties assigned by the Night Supervisor, Agricenter International Operations Manager, and/or President.

16.   May work 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus shows, or 11:00 p.m. – 11:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday, plus shows.

 

Qualifications:

1.       Previous janitorial experience required, prefer commercial housekeeping experience, but not mandatory.

2.       Able to operate forklift and scissor lift.

3.       Must be available to work any shift any day, including most holidays.

4.       Must have valid driver’s license.

5.       Must pass background check and drug test.

 

Submit materials by mail to John R. Butler, President, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Box 9, Memphis, TN 38120, or via email to Mark Moore:  mmoore@agricenter.org  


Internships

Based on the interest from undergraduate and graduate students in our organization we are pleased to offer an internship during the fall, spring, and summer.  Internships can focus on non-profit work, education, or research. Each semester, 1-2 interns will be selected from this competitive program to serve as intern. Internships are non-paid, but we will work with your college or university regarding class credit, if desired. 

Download the non-paid internship application by clicking here.  

Deadlines for Applications:

Summer internship application is due May 1

Fall is due July 1

Spring is due December 1

 

We are always looking for new talent. Please submit your resume for review. We will contact you as we have opportunities that may be the right fit.