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.

Director of Lending/Program Director: This position will report to the Executive Director and provide strategic direction, partnership development, and staff management. The program provides small business training, technical assistance, and lending to small businesses in rural Nebraska.

Lead Staff Accountant: Duties include: fund accounting, grant reporting, general ledger, loan accounting, data entry, bank reconcilements, account receivable/payable, audit management, payroll, human resource duties, micro-lending accounting and analysis, lead position on software conversions, and other duties as assigned. Master’s degree in Accounting required. Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to  

Garden Assistant: This temporary part time position will advise community members on planning, production, management and harvest of family and community gardens.

Orchard Assistant: This temporary part time position will advise community members on planning, production, management and harvest of orchard and berry plantings as well as wild strands of fruit and berries.

Development Director: Looking for an individual who loves to tell a story, loves to visit with those who have a connection and interest in rural life and is comfortable with "fundraising." If you like to travel and see new places, this position should interest you! The position will be responsible for directing the Center's individual donor fundraising activities and coordinating institutional funding strategies across the organization.

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.

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.

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