New York City Is Hiring an ‘Explorer in Chief’ to Spend This Summer Roaming Lower Manhattan

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Spending a few months in downtown Manhattan sounds romantic until you start researching rent prices. This summer, the Alliance for Downtown New York is offering one lucky person the opportunity to not only live in the neighborhood rent-free, but to get paid to do it.

The Downtown Alliance's "Explorer in Chief" will be responsible for discovering everything Lower Manhattan has to offer and documenting their experiences. The description of the dream job reads: "Ideal applicants will have a camera-ready personality, a keen eye, a distinctive voice and the chops to produce compelling, entertaining content. They'll be someone who is charismatic and comfortable as the center of attention but who knows that the location is, ultimately, the star."

From June 1 to August 30, 2020, the urban explorer will spend their days visiting attractions around the neighborhood, from popular landmarks like One World Observatory to hidden speakeasies. The gig includes a salary of $2250 for every two weeks of work, with rent and some meals included. The all-expense-paid accommodations feature such amenities as co-working spaces, a library, a game room, and a kitchen stocked with cookware.

Wandering New York City for a summer may sound like the perfect vacation, but the Downtown Alliance emphasizes this is a full-time job. Candidates should expect to have a packed schedule dedicated to making content for the neighborhood's nonprofit business improvement district, which may including doing "an excursion late at night, or all day long, maybe even stay up for a sunrise or two."

To apply, upload a video application that's 60 seconds or shorter to YouTube and submit the link in the entry form here. You will also need to write two short essays about why you're the perfect person for the job and include your social media handles. You can apply anytime starting March 2 through March 15.

NASA Opens Astronaut Applications to the Public

If you hold a master's degree in a STEM field, are comfortable with tight spaces, and need a new job, NASA has an opportunity for you. As reports, the space agency recently posted an ad seeking astronauts on USAJobs, and anyone can apply—as long as you meet the basic requirements.

Astronauts make between $104,898 to $161,141 a year performing such duties as conducting operations on the International Space Station and testing new spacecraft. To land the prestigious gig, candidates must first complete a painstaking application process.

NASA asks anyone interested in becoming an astronaut to make sure they meet the basic qualifications before they apply. Candidates should carry a master's degree in a discipline of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Exceptions can be made for people who lack a master's degree but can show two years of work toward a STEM Ph.D. program, completion of a doctor of medicine degree, or completion of a nationally or internationally recognized test pilot school program (for this last one, a bachelor's degree in STEM may also be required).

Candidates should also have real-world experience beyond their academic career. For people with degrees in STEM or flight testing, NASA is looking for at least two years of professional work, and for pilots, it wants at least 1000 hours command-piloting high-performance aircraft.

Meeting these standards is just the first hurdle candidates must clear. If they make it through the initial round, potential astronauts will be asked to pass a NASA long-duration spaceflight physical, undergo a psychiatric examination, and be assessed on their leadership and problem-solving skills. After about a year of this, NASA will announce its final hiring decisions sometime in mid-2021. Fair warning, the competition will be tough: The last time NASA opened its astronaut applications to the public, it selected just 12 people out of 18,300 candidates.

The online application went live on USAJobs on March 2, and it will be open through March 31. If you're not sure if you're right for the job, try taking this astronaut aptitude test before applying for the real thing.


You Can Get Paid $1000 to Watch 15 Hours of The Office in Nine Days

Oscar Nuñez, Brian Baumgartner, Jake Lacy, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, and Leslie David Baker in The Office.
Oscar Nuñez, Brian Baumgartner, Jake Lacy, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, and Leslie David Baker in The Office.
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If you're anything like millions of people around the world, you probably watch at least a season of The Office a week. After a long day at your own office, few things are as relaxing as witnessing the hilarious antics of the Dunder Mifflin crew, who you can always rely on to make you laugh—and perhaps appreciate your own job just a little bit more. Nearly 15 years after its original NBC premiere, The Office is still one of the most binge-watched TV shows around. And now one company wants to pay you for the time you already spend lounging on the couch waiting for the moment where Jim and Pam finally get together.

USDish, an authorized DISH Network retailer, wants to pay one lucky fan $1000 to simply watch 15 hours of The Office in nine days. Easy, right? Some of us already do more than that for free—but there's a bit of a catch, As the rules explain, the selected individual must take copious notes on the many popular tropes that pop up as they watch 45 episodes of the classic sitcom. The guidelines read:

"For instance, how many times does Stanley roll his eyes at the camera? How often does Phyllis talk about Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration? The goal is to help us understand how often sitcoms repeat popular tropes. We’ll provide you with general guidelines to track your experience, but in true Kelly Kapoor fashion, we also want you to share your unfiltered opinions and reactions on social media."

So you basically you have to do a little work while watching and document it on social media, too. In addition to the $1000 stipend, the selected binge-watcher will receive some sweet Dunder Mifflin swag, including a Dundie Award, along with a Netflix gift card.

To apply for this no-brainer of an opportunity, click here. You have until Monday, March 16 to submit your information.