Linux System Administrator for Space Systems

in Colorado Springs, CO

Linux System Administrator for Space Systems Job

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    Colorado Springs, CO 80912, US

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    Information Technology

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Blackstone Talent Group, an award-winning technology consulting and talent agency is seeking a Linux System Administrator for Space Systems to join our team at our client’s site in Colorado Springs, CO.

Description of Duties:

The Linux System Administrator for Space Systems supports the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

The candidate will:

  • Design, implement, and sustain Linux-based physical and virtual machines for the Missile Defense Space Center.
  • Administer OpenShift Container Platform v4 and container Repositories/Registries.
  • Maintain Version Control and Source Code systems (Git).
  • Work closely with a team of engineers, including additional system administrators, network engineers, system engineers, and cybersecurity engineers, to provide high-quality, innovative engineering services to the Government customer.
  • Work with system engineers to identify and define requirements for new systems/system modifications, develop designs, and implement and test solutions.
  • Conduct ongoing vulnerability scanning and system patching, as necessary, to reduce cybersecurity risks.
  • Conduct daily system monitoring, system backup and restoral, and application upgrades to ensure optimal and continuous system operations.
  • Develop and maintain system administration procedures and baseline configuration documentation.
  • Be responsible for ensuring system software installs, maintenance, break/fix activities, and cyber security mitigations are performed in accordance with established policies, procedures, and service level agreements.
  • Focus on creating, upgrading, managing, and sustaining physical and virtual workstations and servers

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a strong innovator in process improvement and system design.
  • Be able to quickly learn challenging concepts, decompose difficult software problems and provide resolution.
  • Be able to create and follow standard processes and clearly document results.
  • Effectively function as a self-starter and identify risks, issues, and opportunities for the Lead System Administrator
  • Have excellent presentation, oral, and written skills to facilitate effective and efficient interchanges with senior customers and management and customers.
  • Be able to report to Schriever SFB within 2 hours to support mission surge support events
  • Support occasional evening and weekend events for the MDA customer
  • Be able to lead a group of diverse individuals with varying backgrounds to achieve mission success.
  • Have a positive, " can-do" attitude, be able to work in a very high-paced and dynamic environment, and embrace change
  • Take on additional duties that may be necessary for mission success

Basic Requirements:

  • Must have one of the following combinations of education and experience: HS Diploma (or GED) and 10 years of general experience; Associate’s degree and 8 years of general experience; Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of general experience; Master’s degree and 4 years of general experience
  • Must have 6 years of directly related experience
  • Must have a recognized active Linux certification (Linux+, RHCSA, LPIC, LFCS)
  • Must have a current DoD 8570 IAT Level II certification or higher
  • Must have an active DoD Secret Security Clearance or higher

Desired Requirements:

  • Have an understanding of the system engineering processes
  • Have experience administering a Red Hat Linux environment using Red Hat Identity Management (IDM) Servers
  • Have a Red Hat Certified OpenShift Administrator Certification (EX280) or higher.
  • Have experience installing, patching, configuring, and troubleshooting Linux servers and workstations including
  • associated peripherals
  • Have experience with DISA tools used in scanning and remediating computer system vulnerabilities
  • Have experience resolving hardware & software conflicts, performing server maintenance, and break/fix activities
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of VMware 6.7/7.0 environments
  • Have DoD networking experience with classified data networks and a strong grasp of red/black concepts and IA
  • compliance


Blackstone Talent Group is a division of Blackstone Technology Group, a global IT services and solutions firm that implements technological solutions across commercial industry verticals and the US Federal Government. Blackstone’s global talent augmentation practice was founded in 1998. Blackstone Talent Group has offices in San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Colorado Springs, and Washington, DC. We specialize in providing clients the best talent across a variety of industries and sectors.

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Who We Are

Founded in 1998, Blackstone Talent Group is one of three divisions of Blackstone Technology Group. The other two divisions are Blackstone Federal, a premier engineering + transformation agency that serves the federal government, and Trellis Energy, the largest transaction management software firm fully dedicated to serving the natural gas industry. Blackstone Technology Group is a privately-held global IT services, solutions and resourcing firm. Headquartered in San Francisco, Blackstone now has more than 300+ employees across five offices nationwide. Blackstone Technology Group’s mission is to help clients adapt to the demands of a digital world, and has garnered an impressive track record of delivering successful results to a client list that includes Fortune 100 businesses and US federal, state and local government.

We provide contract, permanent and managed resource services to our clients. We source for commercial businesses and non-profits, as well as government clients requiring security clearances from public trust through multiple levels of top secret. Some of our skill specialties are IT, IT Operations, Engineering, Accounting and Finance, and Executive Search.

Our team never stops building connections with talent. And our network of fully-vetted, ready-to-work professionals allows us to provide exceptional speed and accuracy in our resource delivery that is unmatched in the industry. With a relationship-first engagement approach, we most often become a trusted partner with our clients and operate as an extension of their organizations.

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