New York hiring manager for “War on Rats”

Millions of New York rats have taken notice: The most populous city in the United States is hiring a director for rodent control, a new position that requires a “bold attitude” and a “general aura of badassery.”

The new position, advertised earlier this week, is part of the city’s attempt to contain an explosion in its rodent population since the pandemic began. Rat sightings on the streets, on subways and even in homes have increased by 71% in the last two years, according to the city cleaning agency.

“There’s NOTHING I hate more than rats,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a tweet Thursday announcing the job posting. “If you have the drive, determination, and killer instinct to fight New York City’s unrelenting rat population, then your dream job awaits.”

Sidewalk eating outside of restaurants – first allowed in 2020 as a temporary measure to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic – has been blamed in part for the rat blast.

In October, New York officials announced stricter restrictions on the placement of curbside garbage bags to be picked up by sanitation workers. The garbage has fueled the explosive growth of the city’s rat population.

“The rats don’t rule this town. We do,” New York City Department of Health Commissioner Jessica Tisch said during the October announcement.

Urban legend has it that there is one rat for every 8.8 million residents of New York City. But a 2014 study showed that the city probably had about 2 million rats.

The new job will pay between $120,000 and $170,000. Applicants must reside in New York City, have a bachelor’s degree, and be willing to perform “catch and kill” functions using hands-on techniques to exterminate rodents, the tender states.

“The ideal candidate who is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty and determined to look at all solutions from multiple angles including improving operational efficiencies, data collection, technological innovation, waste management and large-scale slaughter,” it said New York hiring manager for “War on Rats”

Dais Johnston

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