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If you love rural living and working nationally for rural Americans, join our team.


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 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. They will oversee and direct others toward achieving specific policy outcomes that impact rural citizens and communities in Nebraska. They will have knowledge and experience in rural communities and be comfortable one-on-one or in large groups.
The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Loan Specialist to work in Central Nebraska rural communities. The ideal candidate will be passionate about small businesses, entrepreneurship, housing availability, and access to business and housing loans. They will have a proven ability to build...
Are you enthusiastic about helping achieve 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 Rural Community Advocate! Knowing that you are a strong advocate for building...
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 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.

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.