Do you hate rats? Are you a “somewhat bloodthirsty” New Yorker with excellent communication skills and “a general aura of badassery”? Then you might have what it takes to be the new Rat Czar in town.
Mayor Eric Adams’ administration posted a job posting this week looking for someone to lead the city’s long battle with the rats. The official title of the position is “Director of Rodent Mitigation”, although he was quickly dubbed the Rat Czar. The salary range is $120,000 to $170,000.
“The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to look at all solutions from different angles, including improving operational efficiency, data collection, technological innovation, waste management and l ‘wholesale slaughter,’ the ad reads.
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The display is fancy, but the work is daunting.
New York City leaders have been trying to control the rodent population for generations, with mixed results. Sightings of rats in parks, sidewalks and other areas of the city have recently increased.
The city rats survived a multimillion-dollar effort under former mayor Bill de Blasio that focused on more trash pickups and better housing inspections in targeted neighborhoods. The city has also started a program to use dry ice to smother rats in their hiding places.
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Adams, when he was borough president of Brooklyn, once demonstrated a trap that used a bucket filled with poisonous soup to drown rats attracted by the smell of food.
Now the Adams administration is looking for a high-level bureaucrat to become the public face of the city’s eradication and education efforts.
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“Clever, voracious, and prolific, New York’s rats are legendary for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city — we do,” the post claimed.
Candidates are expected to have a shrewd sense of humor and “lead from the front, using practical techniques to exterminate rodents with authority and efficiency”.