Want to Protect Planet Earth? NASA Is Hiring a Planetary Protection Officer
by Karla Lant
August 3, 2017
Interested in working for NASA and protecting Earth? Apply for NASA’s new Planetary Protection Officer role to ensure that “organic-constituent and biological contamination” doesn’t get back to Earth on a space ship.
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]o you have broad engineering expertise, a year or more at a GS-15 job, and an interest in protecting planet Earth? If so, you could apply for NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer role. According to the job listing, you’ll attain secret security clearance as long as you have the skills to ensure that “organic-constituent and biological contamination” doesn’t stow away on a space ship headed for home and wreak havoc on the big blue marble. You will also need to be ready to lead, because you’ll be “responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions.”
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Qualified candidates will also need to demonstrate the right stuff in the form of “advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection,” and “skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions.” In other words, you can’t just laser blast your way out of a tough spot; this role entails heavy intellectual lifting.The job also includes frequent travel, a financial disclosure, and drug-testing. Benefits include a six-figure salary between $124,406 and $187,000 annually, and possibly the most awesome-sounding job title of all time.
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Nasa is looking for a Planetary Protection Officer to protect the Earth from aliens. The role involves preventing astronauts and robots from biological contamination during space exploration. The US government’s site posted the job, which is open to US citizens and nationals. They will pay you a six figure salary up to $187,000 a year.