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Principal advisor for the Internet

Position description.

We have a vacancy in our Policy Team for a Principal Policy Advisor. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a small thriving team, doing important things for New Zealand and the Internet.   

InternetNZ is the home and guardian of .nz, providing the infrastructure, security and support to keep it humming. We help New Zealanders harness the power of the Internet through our community grants, research and policy. We are champions for an Internet that is accessible, open, and secure for all New Zealanders. 

The Internet has a huge impact on society. Our Policy Team is front and centre of discussing, analysing and providing high quality advice on complex policy issues such as digital inclusion, Internet openness, online regulation, human rights online, and cybersecurity, as well as engaging with the legislative agenda of the government of the day. 

We need someone to help lead the work of our team and guide and mentor our advisor and senior advisor. You will provide intellectual leadership and curiosity about emerging Internet issues and how they impact on New Zealand society. 

You will have proven skills and experience in working in or with small policy teams, a track record of influencing outcomes in New Zealand public policy processes, strong networking and relationship management skills, and some degree of understanding of public policy related to our areas of focus: An Internet for All, Security and Trust, and Openness. You may have done this from within or outside government, with strong public sector, NGO or private sector experience.  

Not a computer scientist? Don’t worry, neither are we! You can learn what you need to know about Internet technology on the job, but your passion and interest in Internet and digital policy will be what makes you part of our team. If you are passionate about the Internet and public policy then we want you to come join the best technology policy team in Wellington.  Some understanding of operational policy would be nice to have.  

In case you are wondering, we are a family-friendly, equal opportunity employer that promotes a flexible and safe workplace. This role is based in Wellington.  

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@internetnz.net.nz

Closing date: 25 October 2019

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DNS Specialist

Position description.

About InternetNZ

InternetNZ is the home and guardian of .nz, providing the infrastructure, security and support to keep it humming. We help New Zealanders harness the power of the Internet through our community grants, research and policy. We are champions for an Internet that is accessible, open, and secure for all NewZealanders. On offer is an exciting opportunity to be part of a thriving team where team culture is very important to us. As well as our friendly and fun culture, we offer many benefits at InternetNZ. We're a family-friendly, equal opportunity employer that promotes a flexible and safe workplace.

What you will do

You will be a member of a six-person team responsible for maintaining and evolving the operational infrastructure for the .nz ccTLD. You will work closely with our research and policy team as well as software developers to advance our DNS platform and implement the bedrock of the New Zealand Internet space.

Our organisation has the responsibility of providing a core service for New Zealand to the entire world and accordingly you will be granted autonomy to see the service done well. We heavily invest in infrastructure that is reliable, secure and manageable. You will automate operations extensively for the sake of security, compliance, and resilience. Our focus on automation means that you will have some software engineering skills and be able to drive a project to accomplish these goals.

The DNS platform is comprised of name server software, switching, anycast, and HSMs deployed in avariety of data centres across New Zealand. DNSSEC, using the OpenDNSSEC signer software, hasbeen fully deployed for all our zones. You will engage with third-party providers regarding the delivery of.nz nationally and overseas.

We have been extensively involved in the development of DNSSEC standards and tools and the signingof the root nameservers. Our preference is to use open source software and to contribute back to the open source community.

What we are looking for

Effective engineers know how to properly prioritise, have a great work ethic and communicate well. Wewill be looking for those skills in candidates.

As well as these skills you will need:

  • a working familiarity with large scale name server infrastructure and
  • knowledge of DNS, DNSSEC, routing protocols including BGP
  • a team-first attitude, automation, tests and documentation critical to a functional team
  • we provide 24 hour on-call support and so a willingness to be on-call and to provide support to the on-call team for escalated issues is essential for this position. The on-call time is split between theteam of six people.

Skills you'll need to develop

We like Python, but we're open to change. Ansible is used for all system management, with each infrastructure role being testable. Testing this infrastructure is a key ongoing skill.

You'll need to gain domain specific knowledge regarding the .nz registry software, but given the custom-nature of that we don't expect that coming in to the role.

    What can we offer you?

    Along with a great team environment, we have a range of benefits to offer including:

    • life and critical illness insurance
    • paid home internet connection and cellphone contract
    • support for engaging the wider DNS community, attending and presenting at conferences
    • additional Kiwisaver contributions
    • 4.5 weeks annual leave
    • 10 days sick leave
    • Long Service Leave
    • a strong commitment to training and development.

    If applying from offshore a relocation package may be available

    If you are interested in this vacancy send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@internetnz.net.nz. In your covering letter please outline how your experience matches what we are looking for.

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