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Essential Duties Include

DevOps Engineer/ Linux Systems Administrator is primarily responsible for managing, monitoring and automating operations of a high-availability, high-scalability server infrastructure, performing in-depth performance tuning, as well as hardware troubleshooting and maintenance when necessary.


What we are looking for:

  • Creativity, initiative and acute attention to detail
  • Thirst for innovation and “thinking outside the box”.
  • Vigor for automating everything repetitive.
  • Obsession with software scalability and performance under high loads.
  • Love for using and contributing to open-source software.
  • Honesty, friendly attitude and good sense of humor.


We are looking for a talented and knowledgeable DevOps Engineer / Linux System Administrator with DevOps experience: someone skilled in and passionate about Linux, server, network and storage infrastructure as well as automation. We are looking for a person who learns fast and can figure things out independently—can show us a better way of managing, monitoring and continuously deploying complex systems to the web.


We run a highly reliable and scalable Linux-based private infrastructure with a virtualized fleet of servers deployed to multiple geo-locations. We are passionate users of and contributors to the open-source software. Current application stack includes: Java, PHP and Node.js software talking to MySQL and ElasticSearch, as well as: various document databases and key/value stores.



  • Must have 3-5 years relevant work experience
  • Fluency in Linux system administration (preferably in Debian/Ubuntu)
  • Fluency in Linux scripting: shell scripting, lightweight PHP and/or Perl scripting.
  • Fluency in administering Apache and/or Nginx web-servers
  • Extensive experience administering Linux in a virtualization environment.
  • MySQL administration and troubleshooting experience
  • Experience with clustered file system technologies such as Isilon, Gluster, etc
  • Experience with TCP/IP networking technologies (routing, switching, Cisco, Brocade, F5, etc)
  • Experience with content delivery networks such as Akamai and Limelight.
  • Experience with cloud technologies such as AWS, Rackspace, Openstack, etc
  • Solid track record of deploying and scaling redundant infrastructure
  • Experience with document databases (preferably MongoDB)
  • Experience working with at least one of:
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • Puppet
  • Proven ability to write clear, concise documentation
  • Cares greatly about automation and has little tolerance for repetitive manual work
  • Ability and willingness to travel to and from hosting facilities in the Boston region (primarily Somerville), occasionally transporting servers


Bonus Points for:

  • Experience working with a version control system (SVN or Git preferred).
  • Experience with monitoring tools such as Nagios, Zabbix, Cacti, etc.
  • Advanced scripting/programming chops.
  • “Addiction” to building fault-tolerant, highly reliable systems.


What else?  

  • We are a Linux and Mac-friendly group, if that’s your kind of thing.
  • We are located in Boston’s Innovation district in South Boston. We are a 10-minute walk to South Station and within 15 minutes of a great range of restaurants, retail, and culture around the Fort Point Channel and Seaport Districts.
  • We are diverse, lifelong learners.
  • We strongly believe in and follow a culture that is open, transparent, inclusive, and collaborative.
  • We are a friendly bunch and expect the same from you, too.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. 


NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. 


NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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