Position Overview:

The Controller oversees Adventure Cycling’s accounting operations, including revenues, expenses, property, cash flows, assets, and liabilities. Along with providing financial reporting expertise and cost analysis, the controller also ensures compliance with all applicable regulations and fiscal policies and procedures.  

The Controller has direct contact with the management team, leadership team, board members, and staff, as well as with external auditors, and various local, state, and federal agencies. In addition to serving Adventure Cycling, the Controller works collaboratively with leaders concerning business operations. The Staff Accountant reports directly to the Controller. 

About Adventure Cycling: 

As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, Adventure Cycling has an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. Adventure Cycling serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. Adventure Cycling headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreilles and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believe in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.  

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.  

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the accounting operations and provide financial reporting expertise for Adventure Cycling leadership 
  • Assist leadership with important financial decisions using cost analysis, risk and opportunities, and other forecasting methods. We are looking for someone who can get their head above the trees! 
  • Oversee accounting staff with transactional activities including accounts payable, accounts receivable (revenue recognition and billing), and payroll, general accounting, reconciliations, month-end close, and maintaining work papers   
  • Analysis and data visualization, budgeting and forecasting   
  • Grant management, allocations, and funder reporting   
  • Prepare financial documents such as business reports, financial forecasts and statements  
  • Oversee and direct budgeting, audit, accounting, and financial forecasting. 
  • Assure procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and to afford adequate accounting controls and services. Recommend and implement improvements.  
  • Supervise employees who work under the Controller to oversee accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll 
  • Keep up-to-date on the financial market to understand how to maximize programs and find new expansion areas 
  • Present at monthly and quarterly board/leadership meetings on financial state 
  • Financial reporting for management and Board decision making and presentations   

Required Qualifications: 

  • 5+ years of progressive experience in nonprofit financial management  
  • Prior supervisory experience 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and FASB pronouncements 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of annual financial reporting audit processes 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State annual reporting requirements 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of management practices within a complex budgetary environment 
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections 
  • Excellent planning, organization, and communication skills to interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization 
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Knowledge of automated financial systems 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of work-related information and materials 
  • Ability to operate strategically and on a detailed level 
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.  
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with MIP/Abila and other accounting software 
  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.  
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 

Physical Requirements: 

Elements of job duties may require occasional moving of up to 15 pounds and the ability to occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch; candidates not able to meet such demands can possibly work with staff or others to accommodate.  

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits: 

This is a full time, exempt position (average 40 hrs/week). The schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8 am-5 pm MST. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana. This is a Missoula-based position with 2-3 days/week in the office required. Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. 

How to apply: 

Please submit cover letter and resume here.  

Position: Ad Sales Contractor, Adventure Cyclist Magazine

Start Date: As soon as filled

Salary: Commission-based, starting at 20%

Reports to: Editor-in-Chief

Adventure Cyclist magazine is hiring an ad sales contractor. The right candidate will have knowledge of the world of outdoor recreation, especially bicycle travel, and experience in selling ads for both print and digital media. This position requires an ability to build and maintain relationships, set and adhere to deadlines, communicate well with both small sole-proprietor businesses as well as major industry players, and stay organized when dealing with multiple contracts, agreements, and ad placements across multiple issues. Ideal candidates will have pre-established relationships in the world of bicycles and outdoor recreation, as well as a motivation to find and pursue leads with brands that are both obvious and less obvious members of the adventure cycling community. 

This is a contract, commission-based, remote position.

Physical Requirements:

This is a remote position that requires the ability to use a computer, internet, and occasionally telephone. Occasional travel to trade shows is optional.

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We accept queries and manuscripts on a rolling basis year-round. However, since our very small staff is primarily focused on producing each Adventure Cyclist, we'll be reviewing them on a roughly quarterly basis. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us.

Please make sure to thoroughly read our submissions information. Note: We only accept submissions through this Submittable portal.

Time Frame: If a story idea is accepted, the typical period of time until publication is approximately 12-18 months from the time of acceptance.


Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects.

Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from freelancers:

  1. Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size.

  1. The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don't require accompanying photos. Note: we do not buy Final Mile essays based on queries, we want to see the full manuscript.

What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.30 to $.60 per word, depending on various factors. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your manuscript. Your manuscript should be typed with single returns between paragraphs — no indentations — and single-spaced.

Photos: Feature submissions should be accompanied by electronic images (300 dpi is standard) or color transparencies. Special focus and humor pieces do not require photos, but if you have something good, by all means, send it. And remember, we are always looking for stunning verticals to go on the cover. (See more about photos here). When you send us photos through Submittable, you are only allowed to upload three files, however, if you create a .zip file from your collection, this will only count as one single file. If you don't know how to create a .zip file, use the links below or simply Google it:

4 Ways to Zip a File on a Mac - wikiHow

4 Ways to Compress Large Files - wikiHow

Adventure Cyclist staff does not guarantee that you will receive a response concerning your story nor will we guarantee the return of unsolicited materials.

For further and more detailed information, visit adventurecycling.org/submit

Editor-in-Chief, Carolyne Whelan


Adventure Cycling Association

150 E Pine St

Missoula, MT 59802

Interested in becoming an Adventure Cycling Tour Leader? Please fill out this questionnaire and upload your Cover Letter and Resume. We are currently accepting applications for our 2024 Guided Tours. We are reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis. You can find the full job description and more information on our website.

Adventure Cyclist invites you to enter your most stunning photos — highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel — in our 15th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

We're looking for your most spectacular bike travel images in five categories:

  • En Route: whatever the route, wherever the location, we want to see your shots documenting active bicycle travel.
  • People/Portraits: we want to see portraits (including self portraits!) of bicycle travelers experiencing all the life-changing joys and struggles that come along with adventure. 
  • Around Camp: this category covers all the down time of bicycle travel — typically at a campsite, but also in hotel rooms, at Warmshowers stays, or wherever you call "camp".
  • Maiden Voyage: new in 2023 — whether you went on your first tour two months ago or twenty years ago, show us your best photos from it!
  • Cover Shot: the winning photo of this category will be published on the cover of the July/August 2024 issue of Adventure Cyclist. Keep in mind that our cover is oriented vertically, will have the Adventure Cyclist logo printed at the top, and your photo should be high enough resolution to be printed 8.5"x11.125".

Your original images in digital format, capturing all aspects of bike travel, are eligible for the competition. For some examples of exceptional submissions, check out the winners of the 13th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

The winner of each category will receive $300 cash. Both winners and honorable mentions will receive free one-year memberships with Adventure Cycling. Chosen images will be printed in the July/August 2024 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine — reaching over 54,000 people worldwide. The images will also be featured on adventurecycling.org, which is visited by more than a million people annually.  

The contest opens July 1, 2022, and closes December 31, 2022, at 11:59pm Mountain Time. Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact. You may submit up to 5 photographs per category for a contest total of 25 submissions. In order to be printed in Adventure Cyclist without being stretched or distorted, contestants must submit photographs in .jpeg or .jpg format, at least 4,000 pixels wide, and no smaller than 8 MB.

Thank you for submitting your photos and videos from the recent event you attended. 

By submitting your photos, you are giving Adventure Cycling Association permission to publish your photos. Please provide the highest quality photos possible and include a name for photo credits. 

This category is for stakeholders involved in the U.S. Bicycle Route System to use for uploading large files such as maps and other resources. 
Have you had a great experience along a U.S. Bicycle Route? We want to hear about it! Whether you're riding a route, helping to designate a route, or managing a business along a route, your stories will help us illustrate the impacts of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and continue to grow and expand the network.

Please share any and all pertinent details through this form, and be sure to tell us which route you're describing and what location. If you have photos you would like to share with us, you'll find a handy tool below to upload those image files. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the USBRS team at: usbrsinfo@adventurecycling.org. Thanks!

This submission portal is for use by Adventure Cyclist magazine advertisers only. It is not for story inquiries, submissions, or images. 

PRINT: We only accept advertising creative in PDF or JPEG format. The file should be press-optimized, colorspace set to CMYK (not RGB), and resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Convert all spot colors to CMYK. Please include your company name in the filename. 

NEWSLETTER: Please submit newsletter ads in PNG or JPG format at 728x90 pixels. Files should be 72 dpi and RGB. Include URL with submission.

Once the file is uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email that the file is ready for download by the Adventure Cyclist team.

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist Online. We love to share bike travel. We accept pitches and stories on a rolling basis year-round, reviewing submissions quarterly and responding as quickly as we can. It's a time-consuming process, so please bear with us.

Guidelines for Contributors & Freelancers

  • Adventure Cyclist Online only publishes original content from real people doing bicycle travel.
  • Photos make all the difference, so please submit high-quality photography with your submission.

Adventure Cyclist Online generally publishes the following:

Inspiring, Historical, or Amusing Stories related to bicycle travel. Click here for an example.

How-To Articles on ways to plan, navigate, pack, prepare, and handle any obstacle of a bicycle trip. Click here for an example.

Trip Reports: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight of where you went, what was special about it, and how others can do it too. Click here for an example.

Photo Essays: A set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story. Please include captions with all photographs.

No length requirements: Posts should simply be high quality and comprehensive.


What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $150-250 per article, with the lower end of the scale representing what we pay first-time writers and the higher end what we pay repeat writers. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your submission. We do not pay for photography separately.

Not-So-Fine Print

  • We prefer a well-written and high-quality, original article.
  • We prefer an article that reflects the writing style and tone of Adventure Cyclist Online.
  • Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website.
  • Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
  • The Adventure Cyclist Online team reserves the right to copy-edit content as we see fit and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  • Adventure Cycling reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Adventure Cycling content, including but not limited to newsletters, campaigns, and downloadable content.

Send Us Your Story or Inquiry

All inquiries, text documents, and images must be sent to us through Submittable. If you don't already have an account with Submittable, you will be prompted to start one. Accounts are free and will allow you to track your submission as it makes its way through our system.

For additional information or questions regarding a pitch, please email the online editor, Jessica, at jzephyrs@adventurecycling.org.

Adventure Cycling Association