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Navarro Inc. Systems Administrator 3 in Grand Junction, Colorado

Navarro Research and Engineering is recruiting for a Systems Administrator 3 in Grand Junctiion, C.

Navarro is a premier contractor providing high-quality technical services to DOE, NASA, and DOD. Navarro’s success is based on our customer service focus and our well-known responsiveness and innovation. In all we do, either in corporate management or in our services to our clients, we seek for the most effective and efficient approaches to provide best value to our clients.

A storage area network (SAN) systems administrator is responsible for maintaining an effective, efficient authentication and data storage system. A core responsibility of the systems administrator is to act as a high-level expert who can deal with systems issues escalated from junior team members. The SAN systems administrator works to ensure that the storage area network provides several expected benefits: Storage and restore operations must appropriately store information for later retrieval and keep such information appropriately secured. Additionally, system authentication protocols must be established, updated, and analyzed; the systems also must be optimized and waste minimal resources.

Aside from overseeing junior staff performing routine operations, the storage area network systems administrator must act as a project manager. Often, one of the systems will need to be updated or enhanced. The systems administrator is responsible for setting project goals, procuring resources, and designing the final product. They are charged with breaking the project up into smaller pieces, delegating tasks to build pieces of the project, overseeing the work of junior members in creating the individual pieces, integrating the project segments, implementing the system, and performing necessary testing and checks.

The systems administrator must be well versed in Windows environments and also in Linux environments. They should be strong communicators and leaders who pay close attention to detail.

Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Tasks:

  • Develop and maintain an enterprise class physical, virtual server, and storage infrastructure.

  • Work closely with other teams to ensure proper systems setup and configuration.

  • Oversees the day-to-day management of physical and virtual servers.

  • Oversees the day-to-day management of storage services.

  • Primary support escalation points for critical outages and issues in relation of data storage for our primary data centers.

  • Able to implement complex projects and time-sensitive tasks under minimal supervision.

  • Evaluate and recommend emerging technologies, systems engineering and architecture standards and strategies to increase reliability and manageability.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Install, configure, support and maintain storage area networks and associated technology

  • Carry out system administration tasks such as software installation/updates, security patches, firmware and hardware maintenance for networks, servers and associated schedules

  • Manage, transform and provide user access to large datasets

  • Document processes, procedures, upgrades and problems


  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience with Windows server, and / or Common Linux systems

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience with virtual environment such as VMware Vcenter

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience with NAS / SAN solutions such as Pure, NetApp FAS, EMC VNX, EMC Isilon, HP 3PAR

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience with backup solutions such as NetBackup, Backup Exec, Commvault, Veam

  • Experience with data management protocol: DFS, CIFS, NFS, and NDMP

  • Experience with storage networking such as iSCSI or Fiber Channel

  • Working knowledge of data management best practices

  • Strong working knowledge of hardware, OS, Network and application troubleshooting

  • Strong scripting skills (PowerShell, Perl, BASH, python, etc.)

  • Strong skill on infrastructure automation, like Ansible, SCCM or terraform

  • Familiar with AD, LDAP, DNS and DHCP

  • Knowledge of computer security systems, applications, procedures and techniques

  • Highly motivated and self-driven, capable of working with little instruction to resolve demanding tasks

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong sense of teamwork

Preferred qualifications

  • A degree in computer science or a related field

  • Experience with automation systems such as Puppet, Foreman, Chef, Software Defined Network Automation

  • Experience with object storage hands on skills, vvols, storage as a service

  • Experience with monitoring systems and best practices (Foglight, Solarwinds Orion)

  • Experience with ticketing system like confluence JIRA, BMC TrackIT

  • Basic network knowledge such as CCNA, CompTIA Network+

  • CCNAD certified

  • VMware (vcenter, vsphere, distributed resource scheduling and high availability clustering)

  • CISCO Nexus Data Center Switching and Media Director C-Series Switches

  • Pure, Nexsan disk arrays

  • Flash stack design

  • Hyper converge virtualization and networking

  • CISCO Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Due to the nature of the government contract requirements and/or clearances requirements, US citizenship is required.

Navarro is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)

  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)

  • Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)

  • Short Term & Long Term Disability