Position Description

System Administrator
Work Location Suitland, MD
Exemption Status Exempt
Full Time or Part Time Full time
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Position Description
This team is dedicated to the operations and maintenance of the ground systems for NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) environmental-monitoring satellite missions. Data from our missions is used in weather forecasting, climate research, forest fire detection, search and rescue, and much more. The system administrators provide onsite IT support in collaboration with government technical leads. They are instrumental in implementing new directives to build out and configure enterprise tools; leverage those tools to maintain accurate inventory and automate monitoring, alerts, and reports; and cross-train each other so as to provide strong quality assurance and team integration. Responsibilities include:

  • Troubleshoot realtime anomalies
  • Ensure accountability and proper operation of all hardware and software
  • Setup and maintain automated alerts and reports
  • OS and software installations, upgrades, and security patches/virus protection
  • Hardware hot swaps and rebuild/reimaging
  • Coordinate system modifications with satellite operations team to avoid disruption of service
  • Audit and maintain inventories of servers, workstations, software, and licenses
  • Follow CM and issue-tracking processes
  • Provide off-hour, on-call emergency support (on a rotating basis with team members; this is a rarity on the order of once every couple months)
  • Produce internal how-tos to facilitate cross-training team members

Required Skills

Experience managing Windows and/or Linux systems; or training in the form of certificates or a degree. Technical communication skills to gather information, report status, and record detailed task closure information. Independent learner and independently motivated. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.


  • Leadership/mentoring skills: ability to explain both written/verbally how to perform a task
  • Experience with one or more of the following enterprise tools: Active Directory, BigFix, SolarWinds, Redhat Satellite Server
  • Expertise in batch, bash, and/or powershell scripting
  • Experience with one or more of the following enterprise tools: Tripwire, Altiris, CommVault, SQL Server
  • Knowledge of database language (most useful is SQL)
  • Experience with OpenVMS
  • Experience with network administration and/or programming for troubleshooting in collaboration with wider team

BS in Information Technology,Computer Science, related discipline, or equivalent.

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