Josh Beard

IT Professional / DevOps / Sysadmin


IT professional with a strong background in systems administration, cloud, and DevOps with over 13 years of experience and collaborations with more than a hundred teams across hundreds of projects.


Senior DevOps Engineer with Live Oak Bank

September 2022 - Present · Remote

    Lead DevSecOps Engineer with Ventera, Inc at USGS

    June 2022 - Present · Remote

    • Contracted to Water Resources Mission Area at the US Geological Survey.

    • DevSecOps on a small team working on a project focused on modernizing and advancing a highly-utilized set of services for water data collected and provided by the USGS.

    • Collaboratively designed, implemented, and supported infrastructure and CI/CD pipelines for a Python codebase of Lambda functions, modularized static websites, and supporting resources.

    • Cloud-native and 'serverless' application development and infrastructure.

    • Integrated and automated code analysis into developer workflow and pipeline.

    Key technology: AWS (CloudFormation, Lambda, CloudFront, S3, IAM, RDS, API Gateway, more), GitLab, Python, Jira

    Lead DevOps Engineer with Apogee Engineering, LLC at USGS

    September 2015 - May 2022 · Remote

    • Contracted to Science Analytics and Synthesis 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.

    • Worked with hundreds of codebases spanning several languages and product teams.

    • 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.

    • Instructed colleagues on a variety of subjects, including Docker, AWS, and Terraform.

    • Implemented and maintained configuration management (Puppet, Ansible) across hundreds of servers.

    • Implemented and maintained Infrastructure as Code across dozens of applications and services.

    • Developed new HTTP architecture, utilizing CloudFront, Nginx, and S3.

    Key technology: Linux, GitLab, Docker, AWS (wide range of services), Terraform, Ansible, Puppet, Python, Packer, VMware vSphere, Jira, Artifactory, Bamboo, BitBucket, Tomcat, Ruby, Nginx, Traefik, Apache

    Sr. Professional Services Engineer with Puppet Inc.

    September 2013 - April 2015 · 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.

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

    Linux/Unix Systems Administrator with 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.

    • 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.

    • Redesigned district website and implemented WordPress to manage it.

    Key technology: FreeBSD, Linux, MacOS, Puppet, Apache, Nginx, BIND, Shell, HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby, KVM, pf, Sophos, Graylog, Nginx, Icinga, NFS, Postfix, WordPress

    Tier II Technical Support with Apple, Inc.

    October 2008 - January 2010 · Remote

      Signal Support Systems Specialist with US Army

      August 2006 - October 2008 · Fort Carson, CO


        12 Factor App Methodology · AWS (EC2, RDS, IAM, S3, Elasticsearch, ECS, EFS, CloudFront, Lambda, Route53, Secrets Manager, Load Balancing, CloudFormation, CDK, misc) · Accessibility · Analysis (e.g. Codacy, CodeFactor, Mend, DeepSource, Owasp ZAP, rspec) · Ansible · Apache · Arch Linux · Artifactory · Atlassian · Bamboo · Bash and Shell · BitBucket · CI/CD · Cloud · Debian/Ubuntu · DigitalOcean · Docker · Elasticsearch · Everything is Code · FreeBSD · Git · GitHub · GitHub Actions · GitHub Workflows · GitLab · GitLab CI/CD · Graylog · HAProxy · HTML/CSS · Infrastructure as Code · Jira · LXC · MariaDB/MySQL · MongoDB · Nginx · PHP · Packer · Postfix · PostgreSQL · Puppet/Puppet Enterprise · Python · RedHat/CentOS · Ruby · Security and Compliance · Sensu · Serverless · Terraform (AWS, VMware, DigitalOcean, Proxmox, misc) · Test-Driven Development (TDD) · Tomcat · Traefik · Vagrant