The Mayor’s office is looking to hire their very own pied piper in order to help rid the city of wild rodents running amok in the muck.
Mayor Eric Adams has declared a war on rats in recent weeks through new legislation that looks to starve the vermin out by drastically reducing the amount of time trash sits on the sidewalk, as well as working to reduce the pests in problem areas such as construction sites–all in an effort to make the Big Apple squeaky clean. Now the mayor is looking to enlist his very own rat Czar, according to a job posting by city hall.
“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?” part of the listing reads.
The position is dubbed Director of Rodent Mitigation and comes from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations with a salary range of $120,000 – $170,000. The call to action also promises that “rats will hate this job posting. But 8.8 million New Yorkers and your city government stand ready to work with you.”
The posting is rife with tongue-in-cheek puns and sweeping language stating that rats “must be vanquished” and that applicants must be able to “burrow into the depths of city government to work with agencies across the board.” Still, despite its biting nature, the mayor himself ensures that the job should not be under-rat-ed, calling it a key component in the city’s recovery.
“There’s nothing I hate more than rats. Getting our city clean and ridding our streets of these filthy creatures are key to our recovery,” Mayor Adams said. “If you have the drive, determination, and killer instinct needed to fight the real enemy — New York City’s relentless rat population — then your dream job awaits: New York’s Citywide Director of Rodent Mitigation. We’re looking for someone ready to burrow into the depths of city government, to work with agencies across the board, and travel throughout the five boroughs to educate, evaluate, and eradicate in equal measure.”
This leader of the “rat pack” will be asked to be “bloodthirsty” when it comes running the fleabags sick of the rat race. New Yorkers interested in applying for the full-time position can visit the Mayor’s Office Job’s Page.