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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! 

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Policy Associate based in Iowa who will work to identify policy gaps, conduct research on potential solutions, and promote policy priorities related to agriculture and conservation issues. Preference will be given to...
The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a Solar, Clean Energy, and Climate Lending Director. The position will be based in Lyons, Nebraska at least 2 days per week. More location flexibility may be offered to the right candidate. The Solar, Clean Energy and Climate Lending Director is a newly...

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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.