Maybe you are on the hunt for a career change, or you just might be looking for that dream job. NASA is taking applications from anyone who wants to become a Planetary Protection Officer.
This position is assigned to Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection. Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration
Whether you believe in alien life or not, the funny thing is that a young 9-year-old boy decided to apply for the Planetary Protection Officer position.
In an article seen on Fox News, 9-year old Jack Davis wrote a letter expressing his interest in the job.
My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job.
I may be nine but think I would be fit for the job.
One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see.
I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie Men in Black.
I am great at video games.
I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien.
Guardian of the Galaxy
You have to give it up to Jack and his enthusiastic attitude to which many of us could take a lesson from.
Instead of thinking about all the reasons of why he might not get the job, he decided to believe in himself and his abilities by applying.
Amazingly, the director of NASA’S Planetary Science Division Dr. James L Green responded to Jack in a letter, which I’m sure further enhanced the young man’s confidence.
I hear you are a ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!
Our Planetary Protection Officer position is really cool and is very important work. It’s about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. It’s also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.
We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!
Dr. James L. Green
Director, Planetary Science Division
For all the responsibility the job entails, you might be asking yourself what the pay grade is?
Afterall, protecting Earth from tiny alien microbes isn’t for the faint of heart, and a little danger pay is in order.
According to the posting on USA Jobs, the successful applicant can expect full-time, permanent employment with a modest salary of $124,406 to $187,000 / per year.
It’s hard to complain about that kind of compensation when so much is at stake. It will be interesting what career path Jack chooses when he grows up.