If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of The Men In Black, now is your time.
NASA has officially invited the public to apply for their Planetary Protection Officer position. The job is full-time because aliens never take a break, so why should we? The job description lists the main concern as “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” In short, you’re going to be space police.
The rest of the job description reads:
“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.”
According to Business Insider, there are only two positions of this caliber open in the entire world, this one and a similar one in the European Space Agency. Catherine Conley, the woman who, until now, occupied this position, told the site, “This new job ad is a result of relocating the position I currently hold to the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, which is an independent technical authority within NASA.”
The role will require a three-year minimum commitment with the organization with the possibility of extending your tenure another two years. The job also pays anywhere between $124,000 to $187,000 a year. Conley also explained that the job of planet defender as a moderate-level position.”It’s not extremely careful, but it’s not extremely lax,” Conley explained.
We’re unclear on what the parameters are between “not careful but not lax” but we’re assuming anything from E.T. to ALF types would be allowed.