Do you want to defend the Earth against an alien invasion and get paid between $124,000 and $187,000 to do it? Of course you do. And here’s your opportunity: NASA is hiring a planetary protection officer.
Of course, NASA is less concerned with an invasion of bug-eyed monsters and more concerned with “the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration,” that is, the buggies we may bring back from space. Think quarantines and safety precautions, not planting your feet and burning hostiles with a flamethrower while shouting, “Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”
To qualify, you need one year of executive experience (comparable to the government’s G-15 rating), a degree in science, engineering, or mathematics (with an emphasis on engineering), and a clean drug test.
The planetary protection officer will be expected to lead “planning and coordination of activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs,” as well as other duties, which you can find here.
Candidates have until August 18, 2017, to get their resumes in—and you should. It’s officially the coolest job title on the planet.