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 

The Center for Rural Affairs is growing in reach and in impact. Check out our executive director's latest essay to learn more.

Native Communities Project Manager - The Center has a strong vision and passion for our work in native communities with the Omaha and Santee tribes. We are seeking someone who shares this deep passion. If you possess a strong desire to make an impact, and leadership skills to expand and manage projects focused on food access, health & nutrition, and small business development with native communities, we welcome your application for the Native Communities Project Manager.

Business Development Specialist - Are you a business-minded individual who loves to guide and support aspiring and existing business owners to overcome challenges with business ownership? We would love for you to share your passion and skills for helping diverse populations start businesses, grow businesses, and help the Center in building vibrant rural futures. Apply today for our Business Development Specialist.

Policy Assistant - Come work for us! The Center for Rural Affairs has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Policy Assistant focusing on Farm Policy. Be a part of a great team that shapes state and federal policy outcomes to improve life in rural communities.

Small Business Loan Specialist - The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking an individual who is passionate about rural communities, entrepreneurship, and helping people reach their dream of self-sufficiency. Being a part of our team is exciting and allows you to make a real impact in the future of rural life for others. Apply today for our Small Business Loan Specialist.

Policy and Advocacy Intern (continuous recruitment): Are you interested in legislative and policy objectives in rural Nebraska? Help advance our policy and advocacy work and do good for rural America.

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.