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Topic # 223678 12-Oct-2017 08:49
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Not for applicants outside of New Zealand.

NIWA is having problems filling this position.

Sounds like some nice cutting edge technology.

It's near the Wellington Airport, Greta Point

"IT Senior Systems Engineer - Linux Specialist - NIWA

https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/nuJm8/IT-Senior-Systems-Engineer-Linux-Specialist,25055.html

IT Senior Systems Engineer - Linux Specialist - NIWA

NIWA is a leading environmental research institute and key provider of atmospheric, freshwater and marine research and consultancy services in New Zealand. NIWA's in-house IT team develops, maintains, operates and supports an extensive and diverse mix of business and scientific systems; work that is both important and interesting.

This is an opportunity for an accomplished Senior Systems Engineer to join our Wellington IT Operations Team. You will be a member of a multi skilled team that owns the delivery of the IT services to both internal and external customers, supporting solutions for both business systems and a challenging range of scientific applications.

You will be involved with the support of all NIWA IT infrastructure within New Zealand, including the systems situated upon our science vessels. Though we are seeking a Linux specialist, NIWA is a strongly heterogeneous environment and generalist traits are encouraged.

This role will focus on the Linux based systems within NIWA. We have a wide variety including RedHat, SUSE, CentOS, Debian and some BSD based systems. You will have experience with system services such as Apache, Bind and Exim, and will be comfortable with IT automation using languages such as Shell script, Perl and Python. as well as platform management tools like Salt, Katello/Foreman, Puppet or Chef.

In addition to the Linux systems, you may also help support a wide range of other technologies including: Microsoft Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Skype for Business, Commvault, VMWare, Juniper network products, Fortigate firewalls, IBM SANs, HPE Servers, and network management and monitoring tools such as Nagios and LibreNMS. NIWA also has some significant Oracle and PGSQL databases hosted on Linux platforms.

Just as important as your technology skills is your ability to fit into an established team of adept engineers. For this senior role, you need to be able to bring a level of maturity gained from several years' experience - but retain the flexibility that will see you asking for assistance when you are working on unfamiliar systems.

If the above sounds like you; if you are a self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision, have a strong customer service ethic and enjoy the dynamics of contributing within a team dedicated to enhancing IT systems across an organisation, then we want to hear from you. In addition to an exciting role and a great team environment, we offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package, free parking and an attractive waterfront location at Greta Point.

Your cover letter will need to detail your key skills as they relate to the technology that we use as well as indicate how you would ensure that you would be seen as a peer within the rest of the team."

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  Reply # 1882283 12-Oct-2017 09:06
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@MichaelNZ I know it is Wellington but maybe one for you?





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  Reply # 1882320 12-Oct-2017 09:58
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I should have been clear.

I'm not associated with NIWA.

Sounded like a cool position

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1882342 12-Oct-2017 10:37
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I used to do a bit of work at Greta Pt back when Ministry of Fisheries was based there - nice location.

 

 


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  Reply # 1882483 12-Oct-2017 15:17
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michaelmurfy:

 

@MichaelNZ I know it is Wellington but maybe one for you?

 

 

Thanks @michaelmurfy

 

I would consider Wellington as it's closer to home then Auckland. The main issue I see there is a bunch of requirements I don't have any experience with. Typical of most NZ employers they want someone who is expert in everything.

 

This is what I can tick or possibly tick (in bold)

 

Apache, Bind and Exim (Postfix + Dovecot), and will be comfortable with IT automation using languages such as Shell script, Perl and Python. as well as platform management tools like Salt, Katello/Foreman, Puppet or Chef.

In addition to the Linux systems, you may also help support a wide range of other technologies including: Microsoft Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Skype for Business, Commvault, VMWare, Juniper (Cisco) network products, Fortigate firewalls, IBM SANs, HPE Servers, and network management and monitoring tools such as Nagios and LibreNMS (I have used both and don't like either of them). NIWA also has some significant Oracle and PGSQL (MySQL and MariaDB) databases hosted on Linux platforms.

 

They may have to keep on looking...


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  Reply # 1882495 12-Oct-2017 15:24
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MichaelNZ:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

@MichaelNZ I know it is Wellington but maybe one for you?

 

 

Thanks @michaelmurfy

 

I would consider Wellington as it's closer to home then Auckland. The main issue I see there is a bunch of requirements I don't have any experience with. Typical of most NZ employers they want someone who is expert in everything.

 

This is what I can tick or possibly tick (in bold)

 

Apache, Bind and Exim (Postfix + Dovecot), and will be comfortable with IT automation using languages such as Shell script, Perl and Python. as well as platform management tools like Salt, Katello/Foreman, Puppet or Chef.

In addition to the Linux systems, you may also help support a wide range of other technologies including: Microsoft Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Skype for Business, Commvault, VMWare, Juniper (Cisco) network products, Fortigate firewalls, IBM SANs, HPE Servers, and network management and monitoring tools such as Nagios and LibreNMS (I have used both and don't like either of them). NIWA also has some significant Oracle and PGSQL (MySQL and MariaDB) databases hosted on Linux platforms.

 

They may have to keep on looking...

 

 

 

 

That was probably what the last guy who worked there did for them since day dot.


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  Reply # 1882497 12-Oct-2017 15:27
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Coil:

 

 

 

That was probably what the last guy who worked there did for them since day dot.

 

 

That is exactly what I am thinking...

 

There is no typical day for what I do but here is what I am doing today-

 

1. Setting up 2 virtual hosts and obtaining and installing SSL certificates for them

 

2. Liasing with a client about transferring 3 sites running Drupal over.

 

3. Building a new Policyd2 package for 4 mail servers

 

My last biggie was a few days ago. I migrated a server from MariaDB 10.1 to 10.2 and that ended up taking a lot more time then I expected due to Perl module incompatibilities (ended up having to run patches) and having to track down a not working nor giving a log error SQL statement in a e-commerce system.


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