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Junior Linux System Administrator

Position description.

We have an exciting career opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Junior Linux Systems Administrator to join our infrastructure team. You will report to the Infrastructure Manager and you will be responsible for managing the daily activities of InternetNZ's operating environment. You must have at least 2 years commercial experience working in a similar role in New Zealand as we need you to be able to quickly come up to speed and take responsibility for carrying out the general everyday system administration tasks. You will be part of a thriving team where culture is very important. As well as a friendly and fun culture, we numerous benefits, we are a family-friendly, equal opportunity employer who promotes a flexible and safe workplace.

The role provides the successful candidate the potential to advance their technical skills; get hands on experience with leading technology; and the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues. This is a busy role and you will be well supported and given in-house training to come up to speed quickly. We will look to you to be proactive and use your initiative – this is a role that you will get out as much as you put in.

You will already have some experience working as a System Administrator in a commercial environment in New Zealand, and you will be keen to learn and grow in this role. 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • experience managing Linux servers
  • a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field 
  • a clear understanding of, and empathy for, Internet NZ philosophy, mission and objectives
  • a customer service focus
  • the ability to manage a variable workload and be calm under pressure 
  • proven initiative and be a self-starter.   

    Exposure to configuration management and version control of tools is beneficial but is not a requirement. 

      To find out more about this fantastic opportunity, please contact Michael Stewart on (04) 495 7937 or Jenny Ferguson on (04) 495 7930. Your interest will be treated in the strictest of confidence. 


      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 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 In your covering letter please outline how your experience matches what we are looking for.


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