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 essay to learn more.

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.​

Native Communities Manager: Are you enthusiastic and passionate about Native Communities and supporting food security, health and nutrition, and small business development? Can your past experiences with Native Communities provide leadership for staff and create strategic direction and partnerships to assist the Omaha and Santee Sioux NE tribes to thrive? If you can see yourself as a perfect match for our Native Communities Manager, please click this link for the job description and application instructions. This position’s salary range is $47,000-$56,000. We understand that your life extends beyond the workplace. That is why we offer a variety of benefits to help you and your family. Our benefits are comprehensive and top-notch. The cash value of the Center's full benefits package ranges from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center. Take a look at this link today!

Accounting InternOur Accounting team needs you. We are offering a unique opportunity for a college student who is a junior, senior or newly graduated to get hands-on experience and to put your book knowledge into practice. We are looking for a “star” team member who has a passion for numbers and willing to learn through special accounting projects. Are you interested in working for a one-of-a-kind nonprofit in Lyons, Nebraska? Being an Accounting Intern will help you get your accounting career started.​

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.

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.