And if natural-born guardians of the galaxy aren’t motivated enough by simply fulfilling their calling, the position also carries a substantial salary of between $124,406 and $187,000.
“Oh you’re a CEO? That’s terrific. I’m the Planetary Protection Officer.I’m in charge or protecting Earth, maybe you’ve heard of it.”
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 1, 2017
The job listing says the permanent position may require “frequent travel” and is “concerned with the avoidance of organic constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”
According to the job spec, the planetary protection officer will be required to uphold NASA’s policies of mitigating the risk of spaceflight missions contaminating other planets, and in turn, protect Earth and its biosphere from extraterrestrial organisms.