LAN / AWS System Administrator

Avenza Systems Inc. - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Job Description

We're a small but busy software company located in mid-town Toronto, looking for an experienced candidate to manage our network and IT systems.

Do you thrive in a challenging startup-like environment? Are you capable of multitasking and taking on multiple roles, from cloud management to network troubleshooting, from hardware upgrades to remote servers & firewall configuration?

If so, apply for our full-time System Administrator position in a growing company, working with a great team in a flexible work environment!

You will:

  • Be responsible for all aspects of a corporate LAN / cloud infrastructure and IT administration, including planning, procurement, configuration, troubleshooting and operations support
  • Configure and maintain core local and cloud services such as file sharing, email, licensing, professional tools (ArcGIS, SugarCRM) and production (Heroku, AWS, S3), on Windows and Linux servers
  • Take charge of the network security (firewall, VPN, certificates, updates & policies)
  • Support intranet development environment (Git, Jira, Jenkins, build VMWare VMs and Docker instances)
  • Write scripts to automate software deployment, maintenance, and backup tasks
  • Provide smart in-person support to a team of technically savvy software developers & QAs, including cloud and local-based virtual machine maintenance and configuration
  • Be available for periodic evening/weekend systems changes, server maintenance, and off-hours on-call support.

You Have:

  • At least 3 years of experience in network / system administrator or a senior hands-on IT / DevOps role
  • Experience with web and cloud-based storage, integration, and monitoring tools (e.g. Amazon AWS, Heroku, NewRelic, DataDog, Jenkins, Linode)
  • Full proficiency with Unix/Linux command line environment including shell scripting and remote server administration via SSH
  • Extensive hands-on network management and security experience including firewalls, network, and server security, SSL certificates and best security practices
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or a post-secondary diploma or degree in Systems Administration / IT / Network Management
  • Experience with Windows AD Domain Controller administration

Other highly desirable skills:

  • Familiarity with small-scale virtualization and VMWare tools
  • Performing hardware upgrade, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Performance monitoring and diagnostics

Personal Skills:

  • Self-starter, proactive in exploring and implementing new technologies
  • Able to work independently with little guidance and with a team
  • Punctual, methodical, reliable and well-organized

We have great benefits!

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Full Benefits Package
  • Casual Dress Code
  • Release Parties and Social Events
  • Great work/life balance
  • and lots more!

Avenza is redefining how customers create and interact with maps and are having a lot of fun in the process. We are a growing team of software developers, QA Specialists and GIS experts that are passionate about our products. We have been successful as a team for more than two decades and we take pride in creating software used by thousands of professionals and millions of users all over the world. Openness, collaboration and innovation are the cornerstones of our culture.

Quick self-checklist:

Before you submit the resume:

* Do you know what a pipe (|) command in UNIX or DOS is?
* Do you know the difference between WINS and DNS?
* Do you know what port forwarding has to do with NAT?
* Can you explain the pros and cons of different RAID levels (e.g. RAID0 and RAID1)?
* Can you write a script / command line that finds all files in a directory tree that contain "foo" in their content and copies them into another folder?
* Do you have anything to say about “\rm –rf .. >& /dev/null” command?

You need at least 5 strong 'yes' answers to apply

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Job Type: Full-time

Job Type: Full-time


  • Network Security: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Linux CLI: 3 years (Preferred)
  • system administration: 5 years (Required)
  • cloud / AWS: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Secondary School (Required)


  • Toronto, ON (Preferred)