Aug 4, 2017

If you’re on the hunt for a job, here’s one that’ll fill your pockets and fulfill your dreams.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking for someone to protect Earth from any and every form of alien contamination, and they’re offering to pay up to $187,000—that’s about nine million in pesos.

The official title of the position is Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) under NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. This planetary officer will be responsible for the command of the space administration’s planetary protection capability. This means, they will be the eyes keeping watch for any organic-constituent from space that might bring harm or biological contamination to Earth as NASA goes on their human and robotic space exploration endeavors.

In other words, they’ll have to watch out for anything and everything coming from outer space, from comets on a possible collision course with Earth to potentially contagious specks left on rockets traveling back from a mission in space.

To qualify for this position, you would need to have an in-depth understanding of planetary protection, a clean and impressive record in “space programs of national significance,” and skills in diplomacy.

Sounds exciting and intimidating? Are you already imagining yourself as Peter Quill from Guardians of Galaxy, shooting guns and flying off in a jet pack? Well, you might want to take your excitement down a notch because the reality isn’t quite that action-packed. According to a stop-motion video from Quartz, the PPO is actually just like any ordinary office desk job, only with consequences that might affect the planet and its entire population. See the video below.

So, are you preparing your resumé already?

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