3 Current Job openings:

ShowPlace Arena Staff

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Job Description

Title:                     ShowPlace Arena Staff

Reports To:          ShowPlace Arena Manager

FLSA Status:         Non-Exempt


This position serves as a member of the Agricenter ShowPlace Arena workforce and is responsible for maintaining the condition of the facilities and premises, including setting up and breaking down for events held at the ShowPlace Arena.


Duties and Responsibilities:

1.       Operate heavy equipment, including skid steer loaders, tractors, dump trucks, etc.

2.       Provide leadership and supervision of workers and inmate labor performing manual labor such as picking up trash, empty trash cans, clean stalls, clean manure pits, clean wash racks, clean restrooms, assemble/dismantle corral panels, staging, and general maintenance tasks.

3.       Maintain the overall cleanliness of the ShowPlace Arena during events by assigning event managers with shaving deliveries; arena footing preparation and maintenance; setup and breakdown of panels, stalls, and staging; assisting vendors; and performing other related tasks.

4.       Establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse constituencies, staff, laborers, and facility patrons.

5.       Work with minimal supervision to get tasks completed.

6.       Hang banners or signs as requested.

7.       Lock and unlock building according to event schedule.

8.       Properly operate skid steer loader, tractor, and other equipment used at the ShowPlace Arena.

9.       Perform physical labor for extended periods of time.

10.   Multi-task and work in a fast-changing environment to meet deadlines.

11.   Supervise, train, and mentor other staff workers effectively.

12.   Set up and break down corral panels, tables, chairs, staging.

13.   Be able to lift scoops, rakes, shovels, and trash bags.

14.   Other duties as assigned by the ShowPlace Arena Manager and the President.



1.       Willingness to work extended night and weekend hours.

2.       Willingness to work in barns, arenas, and parking areas that are dusty, not climate-controlled, and not completely protected from the elements.

3.       Ability to work with equipment such as tractors, skid loaders, and blowers that incorporate moving parts and create vibration.

4.       Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.).

5.       Willingness to work around and with large, high-dollar animals, such as steers, hogs, bulls, and horses.

6.       Ability to work with general supervision, reporting to ShowPlace Arena Assistant Manager and ShowPlace Arena Manager.

7.       Ability to lift at least 100 lbs. when required.

8.       Must be able to pass a drug test.


Submit materials by mail to John R. Butler, President, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Box 9, Memphis, TN 38120, via or or via email to Jamie White:   

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.



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, via or via email to Mark Moore:  

Farm Manager for Organic Resource Center

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Job Title: Farm Manager for Organic Resource Center (ORC)

GOAL: Organic Resource Center (ORC) is a platform which serves a 98 county, 5 state region of the Mid-South Mississippi Delta region to provide economic data, best practices, side-by-side research, and other programs to support broad collaborations in expanding organic agricultural production and related practices.

Location: Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38120 – The world’s largest urban farm and agricultural research center.

SUMMARY: The Farm Manager is responsible for the operation of day-to-day operation of the ORC farm in support of the organic resource center. Additional focus will be placed in peri-urban agriculture.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Screening of applicants’ credentials will begin on July 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Responsible for day-to-day activities of the organic farm operations reporting to the Director of Research.
  • Assist field operations in research plots, production areas, and all other crops.
  • Manage all agronomic issues related to growing crops in the field.
  • Manage compliance to all National Organic Standards including equipment cleanout, record keeping, etc.
  • Operate farm equipment as needed. Be responsible for maintenance schedule.
  • Assist in creating models for other small farm operations.
  • Conduct farm field days in support of collaborators to help farmers and purchasers understand more about organic agriculture.
  • Monitor and control resources by assisting in developing budget for Organic Resource Center.
  • Assist other team members in carrying out their responsibilities.
  • Ability to participate in research projects; testing, gathering, and compiling data in support of collaborators.
  • Coordinate with UT/TSU extension on developing data related to costs associated with converting to organic, certification and other economic issues.
  • Operate and manage farm equipment as needed, including inventory, repairs, and purchasing.
  • Work with external contractors for facility services.
  • Assist in preparing and giving oral presentations to scientific communities, governmental decision-makers, private environmental groups, and farmers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.
  • This position works very closely with other departments.


  • 3 or more years’ experience in an organic production system and/or managing a farm.
  • Working knowledge of plant or soil science and/or a B.S. or M.S. degree in a related agriculture or natural science field.
  • Strong collaboration and creativity skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders - open minded.
  • Experience in operating farm equipment.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Capable of lifting in excess of 50 lbs.
  • Possess good communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Flexible work schedule.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include group health and life insurance, retirement, sick and annual leave.


  • A letter that outlines qualifications and interest.
  • Original copies of all transcripts.
  • 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, via or email: 


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.