The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States is looking to hire a person to help safeguard Earth from alien contamination. The notification for the full-time position of a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ is open to all those who “owe their allegiance to the United States”.
The unusual role involves creating policies to ensure “the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration”.
The officer will be in charge of ensuring that the neither human or robotic space exploration missions are contaminated in any way. They will also have the task of ensuring that microbes do not travel from the Earth to other planets or vice versa, reported.
The position offers an annual salary between $124,406 and $187,000, along with other benefits.
According to Business Insider, the role is a super exclusive position. There are only two full-time like roles in the world — one with NASA and the other with the European Space Agency.
If selected, the applicant would not only get an impressive title and chances to travel frequently, the three-year position also has a security clearance of “secret”.
Though he post was made on 13 July, it garnered a lot of attention on social media on Wednesday, prompting several memes and jokes.
Subsequently, Nasa on Thursday uploaded a video to further explain the responsibilities of the planetary protection officer.
Notably the position has been around since 1967. It was created so the US complied with the International Outer Space Treaty. Catherine Conley has been holding the position since 2014.