Join Our Team

If you love rural living and working nationally for rural Americans, join our team. We celebrate our rural culture while working on national issues that impact all rural citizens. Our jobs and internships are posted on a rolling basis, so check back often! You can see the Principles that Guide How We Work Together here.

Click here to see some of the work we’ve done and a selection of our proudest accomplishments. This annual report and calendar illustrates month-by-month what the Center has achieved in the last year.

Job openings 

Chief Administrative Officer: The Chief Administrative Officer will oversee Center practices related to strategic planning, personnel practices, event coordination, grant management, and program evaluation. The person selected for this position will be given the unique opportunity to work with the Executive Director to recruit, select, and onboard new team members to support these areas. Learn more.

REAP Small Business Program Manager: The REAP Small Business Program Manager will provide staff management, guidance, and coaching to a team that includes eight full-time field staff and 15 part-time contractors. The REAP program provides small business training, technical assistance, and lending for low-income, rural Nebraskans. The program makes small business loans up to $150,000 and has an outstanding small loan portfolio of $6 million. Learn more.

Community Organizer: The Center for Rural Affairs seeks a highly-qualified bilingual applicant who can serve as both a community organizer and a project coordinator. Community organizing work will occur in rural communities with rapidly growing new immigrant populations to facilitate the building of an inclusive and vibrant future for those towns. The long-term goal is to decrease structural and institutional racism. Learn more.

Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern: Are you interested in legislative and policy objectives in rural Nebraska? Help advance our policy and advocacy work and do good for rural America. We are seeking a full-time, temporary Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern to advance our legislative and policy objectives in Nebraska. Learn more.

Continuous recruitment

We’re always accepting applications to give qualified, interested candidates the chance to join our team and pursue a career with us. We look for those who are caring, committed, selfless, courageous, hopeful, and unapologetically rural.

Candidates who meet these qualifications will have their applications kept on file until a job opening is available. Applicants will be notified if an interview is requested. Please include a cover letter that speaks to your core competencies and what work you are most interested in at the Center. Send your resume and cover letter to with subject line: Continuous Recruitment Application.  

Generous benefits, supportive work environment

The Center provides competitive salaries for the nonprofit sector, as well as excellent benefits including health, dental, long-term disability, and life insurance; a retirement savings plan; and paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation days.

We are attentive to the goals of our staff and help them meet those goals. We help our employees grow by investing in training. We are flexible in how people do their work, and we provide the tools needed to do work well.

Where we’re located

The Center for Rural Affairs’ home office is located in Lyons, Nebraska, a small community in northwestern Burt County along Highway 77 between Fremont, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa.

Incorporated since April 1884, Lyons is a town rich in history and natural amenities, such as camping and fishing at Brink Park, swimming facilities, and two baseball diamonds. Lyons also promotes the arts with its one-of-a-kind Storefront Theater, an art gallery, and a working movie theater museum.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an equal opportunity employer and provider.