Hate rodents? Are you a “slightly bloodthirsty” New Yorker with “an overall aura of badassery,” strong communication skills, and these qualities? If so, you might be qualified to serve as the city’s new rat czar.
This Monday, the office of Mayor Eric Adams published a job opening looking for someone to oversee the city’s ongoing war against rats.
Director of rodent mitigation is the position’s formal title, although it was quickly called the rat czar.
From $120,000 to $170,000 is the salary range.
According to the job posting, “The ideal candidate is highly motivated, bordering on bloodthirsty, and determined to look at all solutions from all angles, including boosting operational efficiency, data collection, technology innovation, trash management, and wholesale murder.”
Although the job description seems absurd, it is challenging.
For many years, New York City officials have attempted to suppress the rodent population with varying degrees of success.
Rat sightings have recently surged in the city’s parks, walkways, and other locations.
City rats have survived a multimillion-dollar campaign led by former Mayor Bill de Blasio that concentrated on improving home inspections and increasing waste pickup in specific neighborhoods.
The city recently started using dry ice to suffocate rats in their hiding places.
When he served as Brooklyn’s borough president, Adams allegedly showed off a trap that employed a bucket filled with a toxic soup to drown rats drawn in by the aroma of food.
The Adams administration is currently searching for a top bureaucrat to represent the city’s eradication and education initiatives in public.
The advertisement stated, “Cunning, ravenous, and prolific, New York City’s rats are famed for their survival abilities, but we rule this city — they don’t.”
Candidates should be witty and “should lead from the front, employing hands-on approaches to eliminate rodents with authority and efficiency,” according to the job description.