HP032 Junior Data Technician, Part Time

College student seeking part time position? I’ve got just the job for you at NASA. Our team environment encourages and empowers you to do your best work. Come share your knowledge with the world. Work side by side with top scientists. NASA has been voted top 50 Places in United States to work since 2010.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center nestled in the Maryland suburbs of Greenbelt is just 30 minutes from the heartbeat of America – Washington, D.C. Now you can have it all, the nightlife, museums, great food and theatre. Work in a place that pushes the envelope of science every day, yet spy a deer or a Canadian goose as you stroll the grounds of Goddard during lunch.

We are seeking a Junior Data Technician to support the Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The position is part-time at 8 hours per week and entails providing onsite back-up support to a lead Systems Administrator. Accordingly, it is an excellent opportunity for a college student who is currently studying for a career in computer systems administration and is interested in gaining professional IT experience working at an operating Data Center.
The position requires a candidate who is a problem-solver, is a fast learner, and can work both independently and as part of a team. Previous experience working in a computer-related environment that involved diagnosing and repairing hardware and software issues is a strong plus. Additional on the job training will be provided.

Duties include:

  • Support the lead systems administrator with installing new and decommissioning old server hardware
  • Assist with performing operating system and software upgrades on Linux and Mac OS servers and desktop computers
  • Patch, upgrade, and configure software and operating systems to comply with GSFC IT security policies
  • Install application software
  • Diagnose and resolve computer and networking issues for local and remote users
  • Perform and manage system backups


  • Minimum 1-year experience using Mac OS and/or Linux computer systems
  • Preferably working on a Bachelors (or equivalent) degree in Science, Computing or Engineering
  • US Citizenship