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“Planetary Protection Officer.” Yes, this is real. NASA is now advertising for an official, full-time 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,” the federal space notes.
The salary range for the job is $124,406 to $187,000 per year. The three-year appointment also requires the applicant to be eligible for a secret clearance.