Josh Beard

IT Professional / DevOps / Sysadmin


I'm an experienced IT professional with a strong background in systems administration and DevOps practices, culture, and tools.

In every role I've served in, I've earned the respect and trust of my colleagues, customers, and leaders, and a reputation as a dependable, hard working, high-delivery professional. I've have the privilege of leading several successful projects over the years for the organizations I've worked with.

I'm passionate about technology and immerse myself in my work in helping teams be successful through the adoption of new tools and practices while maintaining an exceptional standard of quality. I've worked extensively with Linux systems for past 20 years professionally and personally, and adopted DevOps practices and related technology in the last 9 years.


Lead DevOps Engineer with Apogee Engineering, LLC

Contracted to Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS) at the US Geological Survey

September 2015 - Present · Denver/Colorado Springs, CO (Remote)

April 2015 - September 2015 Contracted with Comso, Inc.

I work closely with software development teams to provide a platform and to deploy and support applications and supporting services, available to the scientific community and public. I advise on technical decisions and architecture; design, implement and support continuous delivery pipelines; maintain configuration management codebases and software; maintain Infrastructure As Code; implement and support Amazon Web Services; and perform everyday Linux systems administration tasks.

I help plan long-term IT strategy and the details of execution; technology adoption; and help oversee the deployment, integration, and ongoing management of projects across several teams throughout the USGS.

Primary technology used: Linux, GitLab, Docker, AWS, Puppet, Ansible, Packer, Terraform, VMware vSphere, Jira, Bamboo, BitBucket, Tomcat, Ruby, Python, Nginx, Apache.

Sr. Professional Services Engineer at Puppet Labs, Inc.

September 2013 - April 2015 · Denver, CO (Remote)

As a respected member of Puppet's Professional Services team, I traveled around the country providing consultation and training to Puppet's customers on products and industry methodologies. I earned a reputation as a hard worker who was persistent in providing an excellent quality of work and thoroughness on every engagement I had. I provided consulting to a wide range of customers, from smaller scale operations to some of the world's largest organizations. I've contributed to countless Puppet modules and other tools both professionally and privately, including contributions that made it into the enterprise product.

Primary technology used: Linux, GitLab, Puppet, Packer, Tomcat, Ruby, Shell, Vagrant, Git.

  • Puppet Professional Certification, 2013

Linux/Unix Systems Administrator at Douglas School District

January 2010 - September 2013 · Box Elder, SD

  • I developed and maintained the school district's Unix servers and services for thousands of users across campus, both hardware and software. I provided advice and guidance to management on technical decisions, vision, and purchasing.
  • Administration included authentication services, network file systems, HTTP services, DNS/DHCP, firewalls, monitoring, logging, configuration management, mail (smtp, imap/pop3), and more.
  • Administered thousands of student/staff/faculty workstations and provisioned hundreds anually.
  • Provided desktop and network support to district faculty, staff, and students.
  • Primary technology used: FreeBSD, Linux, MacOS, Puppet, Apache, Nginx, Postfix, BIND, Shell, Ruby, KVM, pf, git, Sophos, Graylog, Nginx, Icinga, NFS.

Web Developer at Douglas School District

September 2011 - September 2013 · Box Elder, SD

  • Designed, implemented, and maintained the district's website, using WordPress, PHP, CSS, and HTML5 with special emphasis on performance tuning and security.
  • Trained staff on deploying websites with WordPress and administering the district's website.

Tier II Technical Support at Apple, Inc.

October 2008 - January 2010 · Colorado Springs, CO

  • Senior level technical support for Apple's computers, macOS, and software products.
  • Handled escalations from Tier I support for technical issues, safety issues, and more delicate customer service concerns.
  • High marks for customer service, technical skills, resolutions, and efficiency.

Signal Support Systems Specialist in the US Army

August 2006 - October 2008 · Fort Carson, CO

2nd Special Troops Batallion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

  • United States Army Signal School Honor Graduate, 2007. Fort Gordon, GA.
  • Supported Army battalion network and communications equipment; including workstations, tactical radios, GPS, crypto, network services, and multimedia systems.
  • Responsible for establishing battalion communications quickly in deployment scenarios (satellite link, network, VOIP, radio communications, battlefield monitoring systems).
  • Provided training to communications colleagues and end-users.
  • Among first members of batallion staff at Fort Carson and integral part of initial stand up of IT operations and communications.
  • Served as interim battalion Information Management Officer and Information Assurance Security Officer.
  • Served with distinction and was awarded early promotion.
  • Held Secret security clearance.
  • Honorable discharge.



  • Organization
  • Documentation
  • Instruction
  • Leadership
  • Professional

Platforms, Systems, Software

  • AWS
  • Ansible
  • Apache
  • BIND
  • Bamboo
  • BitBucket
  • Cloud
  • Debian/Ubuntu
  • Docker
  • FreeBSD
  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • Graylog
  • Jira
  • Nagios
  • Nginx
  • Packer
  • Postfix
  • PostgreSQL
  • Puppet
  • RedHat/CentOS
  • Sensu
  • Serverless
  • Terraform
  • Tomcat
  • Unix Shell
  • Vagrant


  • CI/CD
  • Shell
  • Ruby
  • Python
  • Git
  • Bamboo
  • Jenkins
  • Infrastructure-as-Code