Network and Security Engineer

Network and Security Engineer

Center for Biological Diversity Website

Network and Security Engineer

Tucson, AZ, Oakland, CA or Portland, OR preferred

Position Summary


This position is responsible for supporting the Center’s telecommunications infrastructure; data storage, recovery and security protocols; hardware and software acquisition and maintenance; and for filling in for general technical support for staff as needed.

This position reports to the Chief Information Officer and works closely with the IT team, and other program areas as necessary.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Telecommunications Infrastructure (30%)

  • Design and maintenance of network infrastructure within and between organization offices.
  • Has direct responsibility for security and redundancy of internal telecom systems.
  • Meets with vendors regarding networking options and makes recommendations for upgrades.
  • Troubleshooting complex network communication issues.

Software and Hardware (30%)

  • Responsibility for selection, purchase and maintenance of servers, data storage devices and network-related hardware within organization offices.
  • Responsibility for server hardware and installation of server operating systems.
  • Administration of AWS and ubuntu cloud servers and networking.
  • Electronic file storage planning and strategy taking into data classification and security.
  • Recommend appropriate storage locations based on encryption needs and cloud vs onsite.
  • Planning, monitoring, and testing disaster recovery including backups.

Security administration (30%)

  • Planning for, monitoring and response to security incidents.
  • Planning and implementing data breach protocols.
  • Evaluating and recommending solutions for organizational security vulnerabilities
  • O365 monitoring, troubleshooting, and researching new options for integrations between onsite and Entra ID.
  • Conduct litigation-related discovery searches.

Backup support for staff (10%)

  • Provide backup and escalation support for desktop hardware and software issues.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

  • 7+ years of telecommunications infrastructure design and management in a multisite environment.
  • 5+ years of experience in network security planning and implementation.
  • 5+ years of experience with developing and implementing data breach protocols.
  • 7+ years of experience in network and server hardware configuration, installation, and maintenance.
  • 7+ years of experience with firewall configuration and optimization, Ubiquiti experience preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience with routers, routing protocols, and overall routing designs.
  • 7+ years of experience with VPN technologies to include IPsec and SSL technologies.
  • 7+ years of experience with administering Ubuntu servers and Apache web servers.
  • 5+ years of experience with cloud infrastructure and networking: MS Azure and AWS including EC2.
  • 5+ years of experience with Microsoft Windows server OS
  • Knowledge of PCI requirements related to networking.
  • Strong communication skills and orientation towards customer service.
  • College degree or commensurate professional experience.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.

Working Conditions 

Preferential hiring locations for this position are Tucson, AZ, Oakland, CA or Portland OR.

Hours of positions should cover the evening hours – up to (7:00pm)/8:00pm Arizona time.


  • Fully paid medical premiums for staff, and greatly discounted for families.
  • Fully paid dental and vision premiums for staff and their families.
  • Generous employer contribution to HSA and HRA’s.
  • Center paid premiums for Short Term and Long Term Disability provided for all staff.
  • Center paid premiums for Basic Life Insurance for all staff.
  • Discounted premiums for pet discount program.
  • 403(b) plan with employer match and increasing employer paid contributions.
  • Generous time off policies, including 13 paid holidays per year, 5 “personal” days per year and 10 paid sick days awarded each year.
  • Vacation accrual starts at 15 days annually, but it may be higher commensurate with experience.
  • Center Paid Time Off for parental leave, personal leave, caretaker leave and even pet caretaker leave.
  • After 5 years of service, all employees receive a 12-week paid sabbatical.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.


We are an equal opportunity employer.

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