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Careers

COVID-19 Notice: Due to the current pandemic and directed health measures in place, steps are currently in place at the Center to help avoid potential exposure to COVID-19. This also applies to the communities and staff all of our positions have oversight over. All candidate interviews are currently being conducted virtually.

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! 

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Business Development Specialist to work in Southeast or Central Nebraska rural communities with aspiring and existing business owners. The ideal candidate will be passionate about bringing resources that allow future and current business owners...
The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Beginning Farmer and Market Specialist to work in Nebraska rural communities with farmers market organizers and vendors, farm diversification, and military veteran beginning farmers, primarily in central and eastern Nebraska.
Are you looking for a great summer position that allows you to work outside, work on the Omaha reservation, and honor your strong connection to the Omaha Tribal community? Do you know about vegetable gardening, orchard production, and/or agricultural production? If your passion and skills match our need, then you should apply for our seasonal open position(s) that may be full-time or part-time depending on availability and experience. The compensation range is $15- $18 per hour.
The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Community Leadership Facilitator to work in Nebraska rural communities with rapidly growing immigrant populations. The ideal candidate will be passionate about an inclusive rural future and serve as a facilitator to assist communities to become more welcoming and inclusive. They will have a proven ability to build consensus with community leaders, partners, and residents to build institutional capacity around inclusion, welcoming, and intercultural development. They will deliver community workshops and events advocating for more equitable access to community resources for individuals, such as businesses, healthcare, housing, planning, and everyday decision-making. They will be committed to getting results, while creating opportunities for communities to come together, network, and develop cohesiveness and have the resilience to navigate setbacks with the will to push forward.
Are you enthusiastic about helping achieve policy objectives that help rural Nebraska communities thrive economically and gain stronger security? If you have a passion for organizing and engaging people, then you may be our next Policy Organizing Assistant! Knowing that you are a strong advocate for...
Are you enthusiastic about helping achieve policy objectives that help rural Iowa communities thrive economically and gain stronger security? If you have a passion for organizing and engaging people, then you may be our next Policy Organizing Assistant! Knowing that you are a strong advocate for building a better rural future for people, you need to take a look at this opportunity. This position has a salary range of $36,000-$43,000 with top-notch benefits that have a cash value ranging from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center. Come work for a great organization that has great employees, all working towards one goal of strengthening rural communities.

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 trishd@cfra.org 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.

Click here for our Benefits Package Summary.

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.