Systems Administrator I [Volunteer]

Spokane, United States

Only candidates in the proximity of Spokane will be considered at this time.

RPG Research is in need of additional, unpaid, volunteers who would like to assist in the maintenance and implementation of mailing, web, and authentication services hosted by RPG Research. All levels of experience are welcome, and there are no hard requirements beyond a background check and reliable communication with stakeholders.

We expect at least 4 hours a week of volunteer time, and try to limit volunteers to 10 hours at maximum.

While remote work is possible, we ask that new volunteers be local and to be willing to spend some time on site for training. Schedules and the amount of time spent onsite is flexible, and may depend on experience.


Implement and maintain mailing, web, and authentication services. Occasionally handle desktops/laptops, printers, etc.

Configure servers hardware, network devices, Linux virtual machines and various applications.

Manage and support a virtual environment using Xen Orchestra with a commitment to security and privacy for our stakeholders. Pursue opportunities to automate configuration changes and common tasks using tools like Ansible.

Must Have

A willingness to submit to a criminal background check.

Reliability in notifying management of expected interruptions or changes availability in volunteer time.

Prior technical experience and a strong desire to learn with hands on projects. Some prior knowledge with Linux/Unix or BSD's is very much preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

We have multiple ongoing or incoming projects that could use lots of help from experienced individuals.

Committed, long term volunteers will work on all these technologies as well.

Knowledge of Networking and Virtual Environments: Understanding of hypervisors and networking (VLAN's, firewalls, etc.).

Experience Documenting Deployments and Processes: Whether testing an application or deploying into production, as much as possible should be committed to a written record for later use.

Experience with Scripting and Orchestration Tools: With a wide range of applications on many servers, it is often desirable to have repetitious tasks more than just documented, but also scripted and automated. Think Ansible.

Experience with LAMP, eMail, and/or Authentication Services: We are developing an integrated platform, all of these are helpful.

What will you gain?

  • Develop production experience in both Linux and OpenBSD based applications, networking, and virtualization
  • Learn and apply best practices as an administrator and further your knowledge of popular Unix systems
  • Proof of your desire to both learn and apply your skills in the field, a desirable trait for employers
  • Have the opportunity to suggest changes to systems, and make your own projects
  • Mentorship from an IT and IT Security veteran:  Hawke Robinson
  • If you prove your commitment and reliability, you can receive a reference to back up your experience