Josh Beard

Josh Beard

IT Professional / DevOps / Sysadmin


IT professional with a strong background in systems administration, cloud, and DevOps with over 12 years of experience and collaborations with more than a hundred teams across hundreds of projects.


Lead DevOps Engineer with Apogee Engineering, LLC

September 2015 - May 2022 · Remote

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

  • Lead and contributed to many of the group’s most challenging technical projects.
  • Collaborated with over a dozen teams to deliver applications to the USGS science community.
  • Responsible for the architecture and implementation of the IT platform for over 50 USGS products.
  • Migrated over 50 products from on-premise and on-VM deployments to AWS deployments, using Docker and native AWS services.
  • Composed CI/CD pipelines for hundreds of projects, improving consistency through automation, empowering product teams, and reducing friction for releasing software.
  • Authored and maintained hundreds of pages of robust documentation for “all things DevOps” and project-specific documentation, utilizing Markdown and adopting a “docs-as-code” workflow.
  • Accelerated and helped plan long-term IT strategy and the details of execution.
  • Reduced costs through architecture improvements while reducing the server count by more than 45%.
  • Instructed colleagues on a variety of subjects, including Docker, AWS, and Terraform.
  • Implemented and maintained configuraton management (Puppet, Ansible) across hundreds of servers.
  • Developed new HTTP architecture, utilizing CloudFront, Nginx, and S3.
  • Worked with hundreds of codebases spanning several languages and product teams.
  • Contracted with Comso, Inc. April 2015 - September 2015.

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

Sr. Professional Services Engineer at Puppet Inc.

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

  • Consulted on Puppet products and DevOps practices for a wide range of customers, including some of Puppet’s largest customers and most sophisticated engagements.
  • Instructed dozens of classes on Puppet products to organizations and general public.
  • Contributed Puppet modules and other tools for community use and used within Puppet’s commercial products.
  • Developed Puppet, Ruby, and shell code for extending products and automating processes.
  • Consulted on pre-sales, scoping of work, and post-sales support.
  • Earned high marks for customer satisfaction, team work, and professionalism.
  • Puppet Professional Certification, 2013

Primary technology used: Linux, Puppet and Puppet Enterprise, Git, GitLab, Packer, Vagrant, Jira, Tomcat, Ruby, Shell, Nginx, Apache, WebSphere.

Linux/Unix Systems Administrator at Douglas School District

January 2010 - September 2013 · Box Elder, SD

  • Deployed and administered school district Linux and FreeBSD servers and services for thousands of users.
  • Advised and collaborated with district IT staff and administration on technology adoption and integration.
  • Improved integration across network services for over 2,000 students, faculty, and staff.
  • Administered network file systems, HTTP, DNS/DHCP, Firewalls, Monitoring, Logging, Mail (SMTP, POP3, IMAP, filtering, webmail), and other services for all district users.
  • Improved workstation provisioning through automation, deploying several hundred new workstations a year.
  • Introduced configuration management (Puppet) to manage servers.
  • Developed code and packages to automate several processes, including the bulk provisioning of users (staff, students)

Primary technology used: FreeBSD, Linux, MacOS, Puppet, Apache, Nginx, BIND, Shell, Ruby, KVM, pf, Sophos, Graylog, Nginx, Icinga, NFS, Postfix.

Web Developer at Douglas School District

September 2011 - September 2013 · Box Elder, SD

  • Implemented WordPress as a content management system for the district’s websites.
  • Increased web performance through improvements to code and server configuration.
  • Developed HTML, CSS, and PHP in support of district websites.

Tier II Technical Support at Apple, Inc.

October 2008 - January 2010 · Colorado Springs, CO

  • Provided end-user support to customers and business using Apple products; especially Apple’s computers and macOS.
  • Consistently received high marks for customer satisfaction and troubleshooting.

Signal Support Systems Specialist in the US Army

August 2006 - October 2008 · Fort Carson, CO

  • 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).
  • Trained colleagues, senior leadership, and end-users.
  • Among first members of battalion staff at Fort Carson and integral part of initial stand up of IT operations and communications.
  • United States Army Signal School Honor Graduate, 2007. Fort Gordon, GA.
  • Served with distinction and was awarded early promotion.


Key Platforms, Systems, Software

Ansible, Apache, Artifactory, AWS (EC2, RDS, IAM, S3, Elasticsearch, ECS, EFS, CloudFront, Lambda, Route53, Secrets Manager, Load Balancing, CloudFormation, CDK, misc), Bamboo, BitBucket, Cloud, Debian/Ubuntu, DigitalOcean, Docker, Elasticsearch, FreeBSD, GitHub, GitHub Workflows, GitLab, GitLab CI/CD, Graylog, HAProxy, Jira, LXC, MariaDB/MySQL, MongoDB, Nginx, Packer, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Puppet/Puppet Enterprise, RedHat/CentOS, Sensu, Serverless, Terraform (AWS, VMware, DigitalOcean, Proxmox, misc), Tomcat, Traefik, Unix Shell, Vagrant


CI/CD, Bash and Shell, Python, Ruby, PHP, Git, Atlassian, HTML/CSS, Everything is Code