‘Bloodthirsty,’ ‘General Aura Of Badassery’: NYC Is Hiring A New Rat Czar, And It’s Something Else

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Residential apartment buildings are seen on July 26, 2022 in New York City. With the easing of the Covid pandemic, rents in Manhattan have risen significantly in the last 6 months with the average rent now above $5,000 a month. Concessions and enticements to renters have largely disappeared as more people return to the city and others look for bigger spaces. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • In order to qualify for the position, an applicant must be a resident of New York City, have a Bachelor’s degree and 5-8 years of relevant experience, as well as a “swashbuckling attitude, crafty humor, and general aura of badassery.”
  • The rat czar will have to work with subject matter experts to devise the city’s rat mitigation strategy, and work with other agencies to control and track the rat population.
  • Of course, the czar will be expected to catch and kill the rodents as well.

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