Vacancy: Conservancy hiring junior Internet services administr

Dave Meyer dmeyer at TNC.ORG
Fri May 15 12:20:55 CDT 1998


We are hiring a junior-level Internet services administrator to help us
support our rapidly expanding biodiversity informatics operations -- including
a major upcoming database web site of species and ecological community
information.  The following is the job description.  Please distribute it to
any colleague that you think might have an interest.
Job Description

TITLE: Internet Services Specialist

SUPERVISOR: Internet Services Manager

LOCATION: Home Office, Arlington, Virginia, The Nature Conservancy

DATE: May 4, 1998

PREPARER: David W. Meyer, Director, Data Visualization & Infrastructure Center


The Internet Services Specialist administers internet services systems that
support the scientific mission
of The Nature Conservancy. Implementation and ongoing support for Unix
servers, in direct support of the
Internet Services Manager are primary duties of the position. S/he configures
hardware and software
relating to Internet standards-based services, regularly reviews logs and
remains current in
state-of-the-art techniques for effective technical site management. Key
Internet services supported by this
position includes Web, FTP and mailing lists. S/he works as part of a team of
professionals that provide
technical site management for a major new public endangered species and
ecosystems bioinformatics
web site that will provide 20 years worth of accumulated information on-line.
In addition, a number of
on-going Internet services support a national network of biologists (an
extranet) that collaboratively work
to catalog and disseminate information on endangered species and ecosystems as
well as the more general
Conservancy public outreach in the scientific area. The specialist supervises
no staff and reports to the
Internet Services Manager.

  1.The specialist supports the operational and administrative functions for
    servers, monitoring and ensuring reliable network access. Install
applications and updates frequently
    to improve the server performance, usability and reliability.
  2.The specialist is responsible for the systems and network support of
collaborative (back-end)
    Internet-based services. These include Web, FTP and mailing lists.
  3.Working closely with the Central Databases staff, facilitate the
scientific data exchange process
    using Internet technologies (i.e., FTP and Web).
  4.Work closely with moderators of scientific discussion mailing lists to
help facilitate scientific
  5.Responsible for the security monitoring of Internet services to prevent
and respond to system
    intrusion. Implement a proactive approach to computer security by
participating in related mailing
    lists and news groups.
  6.Write shell/batch scripts or programs to automate systems administration
tasks and enhance
    system-monitoring capability.
  7.Write technical systems documentation.


  1.BA/BS degree. Computer Science, Physics, Math, MIS or Biological Science
concentration is
  2.1-2 years of systems administration experience is required.
  3.Unix experience is required and Windows NT experience is a plus.
  4.Unix Shell scripting and/or PERL experience is required. Knowledge of "C"
is a plus.
  5.Experience in writing technical systems documentation is required.
  6.Hands-on experience and familiarity with Web, FTP and mailing list
services is required.
  7.Ability to write and speak clearly to technical audiences.
  8.Knowledge of the Microsoft Office application software suite is a plus.
  9.Ability to work independently and an interest in learning new applications
and technologies are
 10.Commitment to the mission of The Nature Conservancy is required.

HR Director, Conservation Science
The Nature Conservancy
1815 N. Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Fax: 703-525-8024

Email applications will NOT be accepted.

Questions? Bruce Cheng (bcheng at
Internet Services Manager
Conservation Science Division

The Nature Conservancy is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Applications are
sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, religion, color, sex,
disability, veteran status,
national origin or ancestry.

Dave Meyer, Dir., Data Visualization & Infrastructure Center
The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Science, Phone:  (V) 703-841-8749 (F)
Email:  dmeyer at, Web:
The opinions expressed are those of the author alone

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