'General aura of bad-ass-ery' a must-have in new city job post

'General aura of bad-ass-ery' a must-have in new city job post
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A killer instinct, a general aura of badassery, a drive and determination are must-haves for a job advertised by New York City.

Its Mayor, Eric Adams, is looking for someone to lead up the city's battle with rats.

Earlier this week, the city published a job listing for a director of rodent mitigation, which a City Hall spokesperson described as a “rat czar.”

The successful candidate will be paid a salary between a sizeable $120,000 to $170,000.


The job description also calls for qualities not typically associated with those who work in the city.

“Swashbuckling attitude, crafty humour, and a general aura of badassery” are listed as qualifications, as is a “virulent vehemence for vermin.”


The advert says despite their successful PR strategy and 'cheeky' social media presence, rats are the enemy and describes the perfect candidate as "somewhat bloodthirsty."


"Do you have what it takes to do the impossible? A virulent vehemence for vermin? A background in urban planning, project management, or government? And most importantly, the drive, determination and killer instinct needed to fight the real enemy – New York City’s relentless rat population?

"If so, your dream job awaits: New York’s Citywide Director of Rodent Mitigation.

"The Citywide Director of Rodent Mitigation is a high-visibility, high-impact leadership role with one of the most important tasks in city government – keeping the city’s rats in check and on notice. Despite their successful public engagement strategy and cheeky social media presence, rats are not our friends – they are enemies that must be vanquished by the combined forces of our city government.

"Rodents spread disease, damage homes and wiring, and even attempt to control the movements of kitchen staffers in an effort to take over human jobs. Cunning, voracious, and prolific, New York City’s rats are legendary for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city – we do.

"Reporting to the Deputy Mayor for Operations and in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, the Citywide
Director of Rat Mitigation is a 24/7 job requiring stamina and stagecraft.

"The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to look at all solutions from various angles, including improving operational efficiency, data collection, technology innovation, trash management, and wholesale slaughter.

Do you have what it takes to conquer the rat problem in New York City?

If so, click here for more details.