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DevOps/DBA Ft. Collins, CO (ID# 13550)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is the premier federal agency charged with protecting and enhancing America's treasured fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. USFWS works for the perpetuation of diverse and abundant wildlife because biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our environment, our families, and our economy. 

USFWS maintains a network of public lands totaling upwards of 150 million acres split into eight geographic regions and nearly 700 field stations.

CNT is looking to fill the position of a senior Linux Systems / Database Administrator to join its current Systems Team which supports a small group of developers and a larger user base. The selected individual will need to have proven experience in performing Linux Administration at an expert level.  Experience with OpenShift will be a great plus for this position.  FWS uses Postgres for its database and experience with Postgres or a similar enterprise database is also required. This individual is expected to have the ability to mentor and assist team members and also work well within the team.

This is a multi-faceted position that also involves serving as DevOps engineer on a software development team, as well as working directly with product sponsors to gather their requirements for dichotomous keys and translate them into a component of the software. It also involves taking the lead on the team’s required security documentation and cross-team systems/environment initiatives, as well as responding to customer issues and periodically making priority fixes in the code.


  • Work directly with biologists to analyze, develop, and support dichotomous keys which provide Fish and Wildlife consultation determinations.
  • Perform DevOps tasks:
    • Proactively initiate and lead the communication and collaboration between the software development team and systems/operations team
    • Collaborate with developers to make sure new software designs and tools meet systems requirements and best practices for deployable and maintainable software
    • Set up, tune, and manage our continuous integration environment:
      • Be point person for Jenkins.
      • Monitor nightly regression runs in Jenkins
      • Handle deployments to our linux + tomcat + postgres environment and improve processes
      • Facilitate pushing more tests into the continuous integration system
    • Work with the Operations/Systems and other software development teams on common deployment and network operations issues
    • Increase automation for managing the applications in the server environments.
    • Troubleshoot error logs in beta and production environments
    • Set up monitoring of network, db, and web server performance, and troubleshoot issues
    • Address cross-team infrastructure upgrades and tasks
    • Run monthly usage reports
  • Address ongoing security documentation and tasks:
    • Write and update weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual security documentation


Superior Linux Systems Administration skills – proven including in depth knowledge of

  • Networking principles
  • Configuration management using an automated tool (CFengine, Ansible)
  • Kerberos
  • OpenSSL
  • Enterprise Database (Postgres) – proven
  • NFS
  • OpenShift
  • VMware
  • Familiarity with container and cloud technologies
  • Good prioritization and time management skills
  • Apache and Tomcat configuration experience
  • Experience in a Dev OPS environment
  • Familiarity with source repository software (SVN, Git, Bitbucket)
  • Experience with introduction of automation to processes
  • Foreman / Satellite experience
  • Passionate about defining processes and documenting
  • Experience working in Java environments
  • Experience with tools and technologies such as Postgres, Tomcat, Apache, Barracuda, Splunk, Jenkins, Artifactory, Git, and Jira
  • Excellent customer relations skills: skilled at working directly with customers on business analysis and requirements gathering and building products to meet their needs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills with demonstrated tenacity in tracking down problems and collaborating with others on fixes
  • Ability to work independently and with little direct supervision
  • Experience following Scrum and Agile practices
  • Ability to provide leadership to the software development team concerning building secure and deployable software: champion standards, best practices, and process improvements; and suggest architecture improvements
  • Adept at documenting systems and network specifications and diagrams
  • Basic understanding of network topologies and common network protocols and services (DNS, HTTP(S), SSH, FTP, SMTP)
  • Strong experience with SQL

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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