Back to Job Board

System Administrator III – Fort Collins, CO (ID#15590)

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.

For more company information, visit our site at:

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) – Fort Collins Science Center Operations Services Team provides a wide range of information technology (IT) support services to the USGS Fort Collins Science Center (FORT). The Team delivers services to multiple projects within FORT, including modeling, geospatial processing, high throughput computing and multiple client tools. The team supports and maintains the Center’s infrastructure of file servers, storage devices, virtualized environments, WiFi and LAN networks and equipment, telecommunication systems, backup systems, desktops, laptops, tablet computers, peripheral equipment, including but not limited to external USB devices, printers, specialized lab equipment, AV equipment, and an array of software. 

Job Description:

The System Administrator III (SAIII) will work with minimum supervision to customize and maintain a multi-platform system configuration, ensuring efficiency and security.  Troubleshooting problems reported by users and/or by automated network monitoring systems. Coordinates installations, replacements and upgrades of servers and operating systems with technical support staff and department users. Designs, programs and/or installs tools to help manage systems and application environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Includes the following (Other duties may be assigned):

  • Configuration Management – Monthly Server Patching, Package and software installation using IBM Endpoint Manager and Microsoft SCCM. Research, test, or verify proper functioning of software patches and fixes. DNS and DHCP Management
  • Documentation – Develop, document and revise system design procedures, test procedures, and quality standards. Document design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information.
  • Server and Workstation hardware support – Install and configure new hardware to meet functional specifications. Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components. Maintain data security and integrity. Manage access permissions for on-site and remote end users. Monitor and manage VMWare ESXi infrastructure. Ensure functionality of on-site backup infrastructure. Monitor and manage on-site tape libraries, including the export and import of media to and from secure offsite locations. Monitor, analyze, and maintain iSCSI SAN storage units.
  • Operating Systems – Must be fluent in Microsoft Windows and have a working familiarity with Apple and Linux operating systems. Assist with preparation of purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software, networking, telecommunications, and test equipment, cabling, or tools. Implement controls to establish and maintain security for operating systems, software, and data.
  • Telephone Systems –Install and configure new hardware, including back-end VoIP configuration management. Develop, maintain, or implement telecommunications disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity. Supervise maintenance of telecommunications equipment.
  • Property Management – Coordinate with federal staff to maintain accurate records of equipment model, serial and property numbers.
  • Vulnerability Management – Respond accordingly to security and vulnerability concerns as they arise. Monitor system operation to detect potential problems. McAfee endpoint encryption. Symantec Antivirus deployments.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

This position does not have management authority or supervisory capacity.

Education and/or Experience:

  • 3 to 5 years of similar or related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, IT, or similar degree
  • Years of experience can substitute for education requirements Training, certification, degree, or related experience networking, protocols, and/or system administration
  • Experience managing clustered iSCSI storage devices.
  • VMWare ESX/ESXi management with emphasis on 5.0+
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory and GPO management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Desire to automate as much as possible accurately
  • Previous / existing experience working in both a Windows and a Linux Environment
  • Database administration / experience with relational database servers
  • Willingness to learn and understand Cloud computing
  • Relevant industry certifications

Work Environment:

This position is primarily performed a controlled office environment.

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!



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

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may email “” for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.

For Pay Transparency Non Discrimination provision, please copy and paste the following link: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

We maintain an Affirmative Action Plan for the purpose of proactively seeking employment and advancement for qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Upon request, we will schedule time to make our Affirmative Action Plan accessible. If you are interested, please submit a written request with the email subject line: 2018 Request to View Affirmative Action Plan to the Compliance Administrator at “” This email box is not for resumes or follow up on job applications.


Please use the job description document to copy and paste necessary information into the job description