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System Administrator I  (16020)

Boulder, CO




The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is located at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado. ESRL scientists study atmospheric and other dynamic processes that affect air quality, weather, and climate variability.  ESRL researchers monitor the atmosphere, investigate the physical and chemical processes that comprise the Earth system, and integrate those findings into environmental information products.


ESRL's work improves critical weather and forecasting tools for the public and private sectors, from hourly forecasts, drought and air quality predictions, to international science assessments with policy-relevant findings. By better understanding the Earth system, we can better understand what drives this afternoon's haze, next month's hurricanes, and our variable climate.



The system administrator for the Global Monitoring Division is responsible for the configuration, operation and maintenance of Windows, Macintosh and Linux desktops, laptops and servers in a U.S. Federal Government research environment. Additional experience with networked storage and printers is useful and desirable.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The following duties are performed in Windows/Mac/CentOS Linux.


  • Install, troubleshoot and upgrade Operating Systems
  • Install and configure printers and peripheral devices
  • Install third?party software
  • Performance analysis and System tuning
  • Draft the Task List Report and present the highlights at regular division meetings
  • Draft monthly report for CSG


Supervisory/Management Authority

  • This position does not have management authority or supervisory capacity


Education and Experience

  • Associate Degree in related field or equivalent Relevant certifications and/.or experience


  • Minimum of 1-2 years of work experience as a System Administrator in a heterogeneous, multi?system computing environment.
  • System administration experience with at least two of the following operating systems is required: Windows 10, Mac OS-X, and CentOS or another RedHat variety of Linux.
  • Applicant must have experience with heterogeneous computing environments connected to the Internet including working knowledge of DNS, DHCP, NFS, TCP/IP, basic routing concepts, and Microsoft Active Directory.
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate previous experience supporting a user community, interacting with customers, and troubleshooting user problems
  • Experience/skills in setting priorities and managing multiple tasks simultaneously




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Mass storage systems
  • Network File System (NFS) servers
  • Windows Active Directory and Group Policy
  • McAfee Anti-Virus and ePO
  • Tenable Nessus vulnerability scanners
  • Python administration and programming
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fundamentals of IT security
  • Networked file system concepts, including CIFS and NFS


Work Environment

  • This position is primarily in a secured federal office setting, a controlled office environment


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