I took note of an ad spot running on local radio station KFOG. The CIA is, it turns out, recruiting employees. Curious, I went to the web page referenced by the announcer, and found this particular job opening for a ‘Core Collector‘ where you’ll “serve on the front lines of human intelligence collection overseas for the National Clandestine Service” and must “must demonstrate the skills, abilities and personality traits necessary for the safe, secure, and effective conduct of clandestine intelligence collection operations overseas.”
You will be “focused full time on clandestinely spotting, assessing, developing, recruiting, and handling individuals with access to vital foreign intelligence on the full range of national security issues” and “deal with fast-moving, ambiguous, and unstructured situations by combining [your] ‘people and street smarts’ with subject matter expertise and a knowledge of foreign languages, areas, and cultures.” Count on “long, irregular hours,” and stressful situations.
As for requirements, you’ll need to “complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation.” A second language is useful, especially Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Indonesian, Korean, Pashto/Pashtu, Persian, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. Please note that “applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months.”
And, finally “Knowledge by non-Agency personnel of your association with the Central Intelligence Agency or the Intelligence Community may limit your ability to perform or preclude you from certain assignments… We urge your discretion throughout the entire hiring process to ensure maximum flexibility for your potential NCS career.” I guess we don’t call them ’spies’ anymore…Sphere: Related Content