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If you love rural living and working nationally for rural Americans, 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! 

Are you passionate about small businesses, entrepreneurship, housing availability, and access to business and housing loans? The Center for Rural Affairs is looking for you! The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking two full-time Loan Specialists, one to work in Southeast Nebraska and one to work in...
The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Local Foods Associate to work in rural communities in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. The ideal candidate will be passionate about an inclusive rural future and about bringing resources to farmers and rural communities. They will serve as a...
The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Policy Manager to work in a rural community in Eastern, Nebraska serving as a team leader and working on key Nebraska state policy efforts. The ideal candidate will be passionate about small towns, networking, advocacy, and the legislative process...

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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.  

Click here to apply

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.

We foster a work environment of openness and trust where we all feel safe, supported, productive, and included so we can do our best work. Click here to check out our Center Community Agreements.

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.