Are you someone who believes in the existence of aliens? And, are you concerned about the safety of the planet earth from the hands of such aliens and are interested to help protect the earth from being attacked or destroyed by them?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking to hire a full-time Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) to help protect the earth from aliens.
But when they say “aliens”, they don’t mean this.
The position is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.
One of the main tasks of this officer will be to make sure humans don’t screw up any extraterrestrial worlds with earthly stuff, and that nothing that is brought from space contaminates earth.
The officer is responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection.
The salary for the job ranges from $124,406 to $187,000 per year, plus benefits.
It’s a rare position, though it’s not brand new. However, extraterrestrial monitoring demands an extraordinary resume. And part of the responsibilities for this role include travel to other agencies to make sure that missions meet the standards.
The candidates must possess broad engineering expertise of at least 1 year of which is in positions at or comparable to the GS-15 level.
He/she must be a recognized subject matter expert possessing:
(1) advanced knowledge of planetary protection, its requirements and mission categories,
(2) demonstrated experience in planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs of national significance, and,
(3) demonstrated skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions.
There are only two full-time planetary protection officers on Earth: one at NASA, and another at the European Space Agency.
As NASA continues to push forth into the unexplored frontier of space, this position will prove to be of paramount importance. Not to be too dramatic, but the safety and survival of the human race depends on it.
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.