Network Automation seeks to integrate software solutions that aid in the management and maintenance of modern networks. In industry, large organizations see dedicated software engineering resources within a networking team. However, in the broader industry, it is more common to see traditional network engineers working on network automation. With the growth of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), network automation software solutions also started to adhere to this development model. However, as it is known from the literature, onboarding to FOSS projects is not a trivial task and may be more challenging for people without a software development background. In this paper, we study network automation FOSS projects, which are seeing a large number of new contributors who do not have traditional software engineering skills. We analyze a set of data collected from pull requests and issues collected from 81 GitHub projects (71 network automation projects, and 10 top-projects from other domains), to identify the characteristics that are specific to first-time project contributors in the network automation domain. Our results show that pull requests in the Network Automation domain differ from those in the Top-10 set and the existing literature. At the same time that Network Automation projects are more inclusive (rejection rate: 12% vs. 28% on Top-10), the pull request latency is longer in this specific domain, especially for first-timers.