• AFRL Kirtland - Sr. Linux Administrator

    Job Locations US-NM-Albuquerque
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Clearance Requirement
    Education Requirement
    Bachelor's Degree
    Experience Level
    8570 Compliant
    IAT 2
  • Overview

    SMS is a fast growing, veteran-owned business that's has supported Federal Government's IT initiatives for over four decades.  We work side-by-side with our Federal clients as a trusted, long-term partner to offer innovative advice and leadership to solve their most pressing and complex problems. We orchestrate people, strategies, technologies and best-of-breed business processes. The SMS advantage in management and technology consulting includes deep domain expertise in complex networking design and unifying communities of interest. 


    We have strong capabilities in design & build, planning, governance, quality management, security, analytics, virtualization, operations and business process improvement. For 40 years, SMS has brought customer satisfaction to Federal clients and formed lasting alliances with leading technology companies and talented small businesses to deliver joint, leading-edge, cost-effective services and products. 

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    This candidate will help support custom enterprise applications that operate on Linux operating systems.  Support activities include installing, configuring, and maintaining Linux operating systems within the AFRL organizations and its Branches. Analyzes and resolves problems associated with the operating system's servers, hardware, applications, and software. Monitors systems performance and ensures compliance with security standards.  The Systems administrator should have experience in supporting large enterprise environments by administering and maintaining Linux operating systems servers, virtual environment and SAN systems. Create and maintain documentation to include rack diagrams, design documentation, processes/procedures, environment diagrams, etc.


    • Install new/rebuild existing servers and configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. in accordance with client and project requirements
    • Experience with Redhat Linux and other flavors of Linux
    • Install and configure new systems
    • Develop and maintain installation and configuration procedures
    • Perform systems monitoring to verify availability and integrity of hardware and server resources.
    • Perform backup operations as needed
    • Handle ongoing maintenance e.g., hot fixes, software upgrades, etc.
    • Shell scripting experience
    • Knowledge of PERL and other programming experience
    • Familiar with centralized configuration management tools like Puppet
    • Candidate should be familiar with Systemd
    • Previous experience with ACAS and HBSS a plus
    • Previous cluster development or HPC experience a plus
    • Experience in establishing and maintaining relationships with business stakeholders/users
    • Follow policies and procedures for change and incident management.
    • Experience supporting a DoD environment
    • Excellent application integration troubleshooting skills and the ability to diagnose system problems
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Proven team building and leadership capabilities
    • Strong customer facing skills
    • Ability to establish a solid working relationship with the customer, technical staff, managers, peers and teaming partners.



    5 to 8 years of experience in administering Linux systems is required.  Applicant must possess refined critical thinking skills, should be a self-starter, may direct the activities of other team members, diplomatic, multi-task capable, adaptive to a dynamic environment, dependable and reliable.  Prior experience in a government consulting services environment is preferred.


    Qualifications/Certifications Requirements

    • Active DoD Secret clearance required
    • Minimum DoD 8570 IAT-II (Sec+ CE) certification required
    • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) preferred



    SMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    SMS is a veteran-owned network integrator established in 1976.  With an employee retention rate averaging over 5 years, our ability to hire quality people and retain them in a rapidly evolving IT market proves why we are a world-class information technology company. At SMS, we place a high value on quality of service, customer satisfaction, and best-of-breed policies and practices. As a result, SMS is proud to be ISO 9001:2008 Registered and a CMMI Level 3 certified company, ensuring that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, partners and employees.  


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