Careers

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! 

Are you looking for a great summer position that allows you to work outside, work on the reservation, and honor your strong connection to Tribal communities? Do you know about vegetable gardening, orchard production, and/or agricultural production? If your passion and skills match our need then you should apply for a full-time or part-time position on the Santee Reservation or the Omaha Reservation. The compensation range is $15- $18 per hour.
Do you love to build partnerships, network, and build strategies with local community organizations who are interested in supporting small business and homeownership in their local communities? This new position puts you on the cutting edge of making small business and housing lending programs available to low-and moderate-income, new immigrant, and rural community residents throughout the state. This position has a salary range of $48,000-$60,000 with top-notch benefits that has a cash value ranging from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center. Come work for a great organization that has great employees, all working towards one goal of strengthening rural communities.
Are you enthusiastic about helping aspiring small business owners in rural Nebraska? Do you have a passion for helping create new business start-ups, helping entrepreneurs gain access to small business loans and providing business assistance? Your networking, prospecting abilities and energy are desired to help find rural entrepreneurs in need of small business loans. This position has a salary range of $48,000-$58,000 with top-notch benefits that has a cash value ranging from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center. Come work for a great organization that has great employees, all working towards one goal of strengthening rural communities.
Are you an individual who loves to manage projects, drive processes, and loves the challenge of grant writing and finding financial funding that fosters mission-driven work in rural communities? If so, you may be the next Center for Rural Affairs’ Grant Manager Associate. If you have experience in managing grant process and proposals, submitting grant applications, and have a passion for rural communities, the Center would like for you to consider the position. This position has a salary range of $40,000-$49,000 with top-notch benefits that has a cash value ranging from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center.

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 trishd@cfra.org 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.