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! 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.

Job openings 

The Center for Rural Affairs is growing in reach and in impact. Check out our executive director's essay to learn more.

Community Foods Seasonal positions: Are you looking for a temporary position during the spring and summer months? Do you love working outdoors, getting your hands dirty, and passionate about native communities. You are needed to assist families with demonstration gardens, farmers’ markets, and orchards.

Community Food Associate: Are you passionate about growing food in home or community gardens, selling your produce etc. at farmer markets, educating others in sound gardening methods, and promoting health and nutrition through the use of fresh and culturally appropriate foods? The Center for Rural Affairs would like to match your passion with our needs.

Marketing and Communications Associate: Are you enthusiastic about digital and events marketing? Do you have a passion for social media? Your creativity and energy is needed for our Marketing and Communications Associate Position located in Lyons, NE. Come work for a one-of-a-kind nonprofit and help us tell our story!

Accounting Intern: Our Accounting team needs you!  We are offering a unique opportunity for a college student who is a junior, senior or newly graduated to get hands-on experience and to put your book knowledge into practice. We are looking for a “star” team member who has a passion for numbers and willing to learn through special accounting projects. Are you interested in working for a one-of-a-kind nonprofit in Lyons NE?  Being an Accounting Intern will help you get your accounting career started.​

Policy and Advocacy Intern (continuous recruitment): Are you interested in legislative and policy objectives in rural Nebraska? Help advance our policy and advocacy work and do good for rural America.

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.

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.