Want to save planet Earth? You could apply for NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer role.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is currently looking for someone with a secret security clearance to ensure alien life, or “organic-constituent and biological contamination” doesn’t make its way back in a space ship.
NASA is paying 6 digits salary to its new opening
The job also offers a salary of $124,406 to $187,000 per year and security clearance is listed as “secret.” Applications are open until August 14 this year.
The company wrote in the job posting on its website “Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration”. The job is a three-year contract that may be extended for a further two years as well. Other duties include advising Safety Mission Assurance officials on planetary protection matters and ensuring compliance by robotic and human spaceflight missions.
The Planetary Protection Officer job is real, though its purpose is only partly to save Earthlings from the ravages of alien life forms (and by life forms we mean microbes, not green guys). A bigger part of the job is to protect aliens from us — the real bad guys.
Candidates must have “advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection,” experience overseeing nationally significant space programs and have demonstrated “skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussion.” After all, protecting the planet is sure to present challenges. That’s a lot of responsibility for one person, which is why the job comes with a six-figure pay: $124,406 to $187,000 annually.
“NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration. This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements,” the job description added.