As you can imagine when I saw this story I thought it was a joke but the National Space and Aeronautics Administration the federal civilian agency that sent some guys to pick up rocks off the moon is now seriously looking for someone that can ramrod the job of keeping alien life off our planet.

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This is serious, and it's no part-time, semi-retired, great-for-homemakers and students kind of job.  NASA is paying upwards of $190,000 a year plus benefits for this post. Now, you're paying attention aren't you.

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The three year position with an two year option, is based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty in which the US vowed to 'pursue studies of outer space' and further to 'conduct exploration of outer space so as to avoid harmful contamination and also avoid adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter.'

If you'd like to apply, don't worry about your lack of experience in alien fighting, there's only one other job like this in the universe (on earth) and that's at the European Space Agency.  But NASA want's candidates to have at least one year as a top-level civilian government employee (we're hiring a bureaucrat to protect us from aliens?) and an advance degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics.  Also a plus: a good understanding of planetary mechanics, quantum physics and knowing the difference between a crescent wrench and a monkey wrench.

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Applicants will be required to travel frequently and far and will likely be part of the upcoming NASA expedition to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.  A nearly $3 billion future mission that has already been approved by Congress.  NASA warns the probe could crash land, but that's part of the job risk that comes with making $190 large a year.  You'll earn every nickle.

Only US citizens and US nationals may apply for this position.  And if you've got your resume ready and your suitcase packed you can apply at the NASA Jobs website.