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    Hi all! I hope this is okay to post here. I’ve got an open position for a Mac Sys Admin. This is a truly unique position and an wonderful opportunity for the right person. This position requires relocation to scenic (and rural) Big Sur, California. The pay is not much, but the the environment is and fringe benefits are significant. Esalen is a world class retreat center and renowned center of alternative and experiential education. Our facility is located on 27 acres of the Big Sur coastline, with natural hot springs tubs overlooking the ocean. Below is the official job description. If you are yourself interested, or know anyone who might be interested, please don’t hesitate to pass on this information. We are accepting applications through Friday, October 3.

    And thanks AFP-548 for the tremendous resources and knowledge you provide the Mac community. You’ve helped me more times than I can count.

    Jeremy Taylor
    Information Services Manager
    Esalen Institute


    Our Job Posting on the Web:


    Senior Mac Technical Support


    Esalen Institute, the pioneering alternative education center dedicated
    to personal and social transformation, is seeking a full-time Senior
    Macintosh Technical Support professional to join our Information
    Services team, based at our main campus in Big Sur, California. This
    position is responsible for development, maintenance, and support of the
    technology infrastructure of the organization, including computer
    systems, phones, network, Internet connectivity, web sites, and other
    related technologies. Our ideal candidate is a hardcore Mac enthusiast
    with serious professional support experience and an interest in living
    and working in our unique community-based environment.


    The position requires 40 hours work per week, typically scheduled as
    five consecutive days during normal daily business hours (9am-5pm), and
    availability for infrequent after-hours maintenance and on-call support
    in the event of after-hours emergencies. The position is responsible for
    providing user support and training in a friendly and timely manner,
    working closely with users from various departments to support the
    organization. Must be able to think creatively and have an independent
    sense of ownership and follow-through with daily tasks and projects.
    Must keep up-to-date with current, relevant technologies, news and


    * Strong technical background, experience and interest: must have
    experience providing IT or help desk support in a Mac business or
    campus/lab environment.
    * Apple certifications: primary Mac OS X certifications (ACHDS, ACTC,
    ACSA) are preferred; also valuable are hardware certifications (ACDT,
    ACPT). New hires without current certification are expected to achieve
    the ACSP for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Support Essentials within the first
    six months of employment, and the ACTC for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Support
    & Server Essentials within the first year of employment. Esalen will
    provide training materials and support to achieve this certification.
    * Clear communication and willingness to relate to others, to listen and
    hear concerns in a patient and supportive manner; effective verbal and
    written communication skills.
    * Expert problem-solver able to accurately diagnose and repair systems.
    Independent work ethic to carry projects through to completion and
    implement solutions without constant supervision; ability and desire to
    explore and learn new technologies to support Esalen and our mission and
    enhance our business.
    * Strong analytic capability and organizational skills.
    * Community interest and involvement necessary to work, adapt, and thrive
    in Esalen’s unique professional and social environment.
    * Physical ability to walk, climb, crawl around property and lift computer
    equipment (50+ lbs) as necessary to perform duties.


    * Mac OS X client & server 10.4 and 10.5 platforms
    * Mac OS X administration: Server Admin, Remote Desktop,
    * Casper Suite 6 (for deployment, inventory, and patch management)
    * Apple software: Mail, Safari, iCal, Address Book, iWork & iLife suites
    * Experience with Microsoft Office 2004/2008: Entourage, Word, Excel,
    * Experience configuring and troubleshooting Internet protocols (IP, DNS,
    DHCP, etc.)
    * Basic networking: ethernet & fiber LAN, wireless 802.11, routers,
    firewalls, switches
    * Basic hardware support, upgrades, and maintenance capabilities
    * Basic UNIX skills for system administration, scripting, troubleshooting


    * Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Server 2000/2003 (Microsoft
    certifications are a plus)
    * FileMaker 9 Pro & FileMaker 9 Server
    * EMC Retrospect 6 Backup Server
    * AppleScript and other scripting technologies
    * Core web technologies including XHTML & CSS, RSS
    * Advanced web development: Javascript, AJAX, PHP, MySQL, XML, Filemaker/Lasso
    * Web and multimedia tools: Adobe Photoshop, Flash
    * Phone system technologies, including PBX programming, VoIP solutions, etc.
    * Open source technologies: familiarity with popular open source packages,
    including Apache, Webmin, SpamAssassin, Clam Antivirus, etc.; ability to
    research, advise, install/setup, maintain, and document appropriate open
    source solutions.


    The salary for this position is $1,500/month which is provided in
    addition to all meals, on-property housing if available (or housing
    allowance of $900/month), and a comprehensive benefits package including
    medical, dental, and paid time off. Esalen also provides staff with
    access to an extensive range of educational and community benefits,
    including movement classes, ongoing in-house programs, and discounts and
    scholarship for workshops and bodywork.


    Established in 1962, Esalen is a leading center for exploring and
    realizing human potential through experience, education, and research.
    We work toward the realization of a more humane and all-embracing world,
    seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional
    universities and religions. We sponsor pioneering initiatives and offer
    personal, spiritual, and social transformation programs for residents,
    interns, and workshop participants. To learn more about our history,
    browse our program and workshop offerings, or download the current
    catalog, please visit our web site at http://www.esalen.org.


    To apply, please submit resume, including cover letter, detailing your
    qualifications, experience, and interest to Jeremy Taylor by email at
    [email protected].

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 3, 2008.

    Esalen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on any
    basis prohibited by law.

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