5 of the Healthiest and Greenest Cities in America: Missoula, Montana
Greener Ideal, August 2018

Missoula is a unique and vibrant mountain community with incredible personality, rich history, a lively arts and culture scene, and world-class year-round recreation opportunities. Float, kayak and river surf right in and just outside of town, fly-fish blue-ribbon trout streams, and ski some of the finest snow in the West. Walkable and bikeable, downtown Missoula teems with restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, breweries, live music, festivals, food trucks and community events like art walks, a symphony in the park, and multiple outdoor markets. The city provides numerous opportunities for new businesses, families, and folks seeking an exceptional quality of life.

This western Montana town is known for friendly local vibes, breathtaking scenery and wide-open spaces. Sitting along the Clark Fork River between its confluence with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers and at the convergence of seven wilderness areas and five mountain ranges, Missoula is often described as the Hub of Five Valleys. Here you’ll find hundreds of acres of parkland, an extensive network of trail systems for hiking and biking right outside your door, and nearly 5,000 acres of open space to explore. Missoula is also situated between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, and is just a stone’s throw from the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi—Flathead Lake—and a handful of downhill ski areas, including one right in town.

In 2018, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 74,428 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 118,791. Missoula’s largest employers are the University of Montana and Missoula’s two outstanding hospitals.


The Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) was founded in 1976 and is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the city council and county commissioners, and currently has 72 employees.

Operated by MUTD, Mountain Line provides zero-fare fixed-route and paratransit bus service in and around Missoula and the University of Montana, helping employees get to work, students get to school, and keeping seniors and people with disabilities active and mobile. The highly successful zero-fare program—implemented in 2015—has increased bus ridership in Missoula by 70 percent in four years, with the agency now providing more than 1.5 million rides annually, and has put Missoula’s bus transit system on the map nationally. Behind the numbers, real people are benefiting every day from the program, garnering monumental community-wide support.

Today the Mountain Line system operates 24 buses on 12 routes and 11 paratransit vehicles that serve the community. Mountain Line was recently awarded a $500,000 Low-No Emissions grant and a $2.7 million discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities grant to fund the purchase of six new electric buses and a system-wide Bus Stop Master Plan, with upgrades coming to many bus stops this year, benefiting more than half of Mountain Line’s daily riders. Mountain Line plans to convert the entire fleet to electric buses as funds become available.

In 2018, MUTD also completed the Strategic Plan and is in the final stages of completing the Facilities Master Plan to address growth and identify potential locations for an expanded facility. The plan seeks to triple facility size by 2030.



The district is seeking a dynamic leader for the position of director of finance and administration. This senior management position works directly with the General Manager and assists in the determination and implementation of short and long-range goals and strategies and has the overall responsibility for managing and providing leadership to the agency’s administration department. The position provides leadership to the agency’s staff as it relates to policies and procedures, and administers and oversees the finance functions, asset management, and human relations program. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in accounting or an equivalent combination of education and experience. CPA is preferred. Transit industry knowledge is preferred. Five years’ experience in accounting principles and practices and business administration is preferred. Must have experience in management and supervision, budgeting, planning, and policy administration. Please respond by sending a cover letter and resume to MUTD offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary range is $84,000 to $105,000. Benefits include pension contributions and agency-paid premiums for employee and family health, dental, vision, life, and LTD. Other voluntary employee benefits are available. MUTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications will occur on July 15, 2019. The position remains open until filled.

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