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.
The Center for Rural Affairs is growing in reach and in impact. Check out our executive director's latest essay to learn more.
MN Policy Assistant (part-time) - The Policy Assistant will coordinate with staff to organize and build support for improved policy outcomes in Minnesota.
Tribal Projects Manager: The Center has a strong vision and passion for our tribal work with the Omaha and Santee Tribes and is seeking someone who shares this deep passion. If you have the desire, skills, and management abilities to expand and manage projects focused on food access, health & nutrition, and small business development with native communities, consider the position of Tribal Projects Manager
Women's Business Center Director: Are you passionate about helping women succeed and become strong entrepreneurs? REAP Women's Business Center provides outreach and training to rural women business owners and those wanting to build new businesses. If you want to to see women succeed, our "Center Without Walls" is in need of your leadership.
Orchard Assistant: This position will advise community members on planning, production, management and harvest of family and community gardens and orchards. The assistant will work with other Center staff to promote food production in family and community orchards and wild plants, increase the sale and use of fresh and locally grown foods, and promote participation in local markets.
Project Associate: Across the state of Nebraska, farmers, ranchers, and those living in rural communities are searching for ways of creating a more vibrant way of life. The Center for Rural Affairs is searching for an individual who has a passion for rural Nebraska and who wants to make a lasting impact and a more vibrant future for rural America. Do you have what it takes to support our work across the state; if so, we have a great position for you.
Our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are currently looking for a Coalition Director.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.