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Sr. Systems Reliability Engineer - AWS/Kubernetes/LAMP/CI/CD - (Remote position)

Engineering and Architecture

Systems Engineer


Herndon, Virginia, United States


Work Where it Matters

Cloud Lake Technology, an Akima company, is not just another federal IT contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.

At Cloud Lake, the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.

For our shareholders , Cloud Lake provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.

For our government customers , Cloud Lake delivers highly specialized, data-centric services and technology solutions that break down organizational boundaries and transform mission delivery.

As a Cloud Lake employee , you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.

Job Summary:

Cloud Lake, LLC is looking for a talented Sr. Systems Reliability Engineer to add to their dynamic team supporting highly visible federal contracts. This role supports and provides security monitoring and auditing. The Systems Reliability Engineer will work directly with clients and technical teams to provide recommendations and assistance regarding systems engineering and development. This role also supports various projects as required.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Troubleshoot MySQL (MariaDB) databases deployed with services like AWS RDS and Aurora.
  • Ensure software updates are correctly deployed.
  • Manage and use the Git version control system.
  • Assist with software development and integration as needed using Composer and PHP.
  • Troubleshoot source code, identify, and correct errors using systems debugging tools.
  • Ensure all systems have broad useful instrumentation in place and develop monitoring systems that provide actionable alerts based on those metrics.
  • Make use of DevOps tools, such as AWS CDK, CloudFormation, Kubernetes, ArgoCD, and Git to write tools that automate everything you are responsible for.
  • Build and maintain Kubernetes and cloud centric CI/CD pipeline.
  • Support full application lifecycle development by advising developers on how to provide stable and secure code.
  • Provide hands-on support to include:
  • Integrating WordPress with advanced tooling for front end and object caching, cloud object storage, database pooling, replication, and failover
  • Assist in resolving system issues escalated from the Customer Support team.
  • Assume one week per month of 24/7/365 tech-on-call responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, 4+ years of military active duty, or 5+ years relevant experience in a technical or analytical field.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient in DevOps methodologies and how to build and operate reliable systems.
  • Intermediate knowledge of networking fundamentals.
  • JavaScript/Typescript, Bash, and PHP programming experience.
  • Knowledge of AWS including CDK/CloudFormation, EKS, CloudFront, WAF, and associated services.
  • AWS associate level certification, and Kubernetes developer (CKAD), or the ability to be certified within 6 months.
  • A deep understanding of HTTP performance and security.
  • General knowledge of Linux and Kubernetes administration and services.
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of Agile project management.
  • Advanced working knowledge of the LAMP stack.
  • PHP/WordPress development experience, front end and backend including composer, wp cli, and a general understanding of the WordPress request lifecycle and extension points.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Elasticsearch, Kibana and Logstash experience.
  • AWS Professional and/or Specialty (Database, Security, Advanced Networking, or Machine learning) certifications.
  • Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) and/or Security Specialist (CKS).
  • Knowledge and certification of other cloud platforms such as GCP and Azure, or private platforms such as OpenShift.

We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, or have known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at or [Register to View] (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).

Job: Information Technology

Travel: Yes, 25% of the time

Organization: Cloud Lake

Clearance: Able to Obtain Public Trust

Work Type: Remote

Remote: Yes

ReqID: 2024-3275