This week’s best job title

(Silliness for May Day. Passed on by Tim Pierce on Google+.)

A listing on LinkedIn for:

George Penguin, Penguin of Awesome at Akamai Technologies

Penguin of Awesome is a job title.

George on the job:

As you’ll see, George is a stuffed rockhopper penguin.

George’s education: University of Gough Island; Inaccessible Island State College

[Digression: Gough Island and Inaccessible Island are real places:

Gough Island …, also known historically as Gonçalo Álvares (after the Portuguese explorer) or mistakenly as Diego Alvarez, is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is uninhabited except for the personnel of a weather station (usually six people) which the South African National Antarctic Programme has maintained continually on the island since 1956. It is one of the most remote places with a constant human presence. (link)

Inaccessible Island is an extinct volcano (last active 6 million years ago) with Cairn Peak reaching 449 meters. The island is 14 km² (5.5 sq mi) in area, rising out of the South Atlantic Ocean 45 km (28 mi) southwest of Tristan da Cunha… It is part of the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, which is part of the overseas territory of the United Kingdom, known as Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Throughout its history it has had no permanent population and together with Gough Island is a protected wildlife reserve which has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. (link)

But there are penguins. Here are northern rockhoppers on Gough:

And plenty of other seabirds.]

George’s languages: Penguin (native or bilingual proficiency); English (full professional proficiency)

And George’s work history:

Penguin of Awesome, Akamai Technologies, June 2010 – Present (2 years): In my role as the Penguin of Awesome, I promote and recognize practices that promote and raise awareness of Information Security. I am assigned in 1-week rotations to shadow staff who have helped make Akamai a more Security-aware place to work, so that I may learn from them and make sure that their peers know how awesome they are.

Sales Associate, Gift Shop, New England Aquarium, May 2010 – June 2010 (2 months): Outreach to visitors of the gift shop, promoted awareness of Rockhopper penguins by encouraging visitors to purchase penguin-related paraphernalia.

Assembly Engineer, Plush Toys Division, Aurora World, Inc., April 2010 – May 2010 (2 months) Rivera, CA

Tim Pierce says he aspires to be a Penguin of Awesome.

2 Responses to “This week’s best job title”

  1. Ben Zimmer Says:

    Google’s got some great job titles for actual human beings. There’s Tiffany Montague, Intergalactic Federation King Almighty and Commander of the Universe, and Ben Bayer, Master of the Multiverse (formerly Master of Space and Time).

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    Also worth noting: the nouning of awesome. See Neal Whitman here.

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