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Working in Clark County: Carolene Carroll, grounds maintenance

By Mary Ricks, Columbian News Assistant
Published: September 7, 2014, 5:00pm
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Carolene Carroll edges the lawn outside the CRESA offices Sept.
Carolene Carroll edges the lawn outside the CRESA offices Sept. 2. Photo Gallery

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Carolene Carroll worked several jobs before she found a job that she loves. When she finishes her work making the area around the county buildings look nice, chances are Carroll is off to help a relative or a friend with cleaning their house or working in their yard. “I especially like working outside, and when I finish work, I go home and work in my yard,” Carroll said.

Name: Carolene Carroll.

Job/employer: Clark County Public Works Department.


Education/professional background:
After high school I worked in several places, part time and full time, before I started with Clark County. I began as a temp in yard maintenance before I got on full time. I worked in landscaping in the different Clark County parks for 13 years. I enjoyed the work a lot and have really learned through trial and error. I learned about landscaping on the job. I had always wanted to work downtown, and when I learned of an opening I applied and was hired. I do the yard maintenance at downtown county buildings including the courthouse, juvenile and CRESA, plus other places around the county such as 78th Street Heritage Farm and parts of the Clark County Fairgrounds.


Most rewarding part of job:
I like to make people feel good about where they work. I like to make the surroundings look nice.

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Most challenging part of job:
I really don’t like rain. My job is much harder when everything is wet. I love the sun.


Something you would like to do over:
I wouldn’t do anything over. I liked the time I spent working in the county parks. The training I got, from turf maintenance to pruning techniques, has been very valuable.


Residence:
Felida.


Best feature of my Vancouver/Clark County community
: I like Vancouver. I do like that I live close to Portland.


What would make your community a better place
: I would like a few more restaurants.

Favorite restaurant/pub/coffee shop/store: I like Ginger Pop.

Hobbies: I love working in my yard at home.

Volunteer activities: In the past I have been a volunteer for the food bank.

Favorite travel destination: I would like to go to Paris.


One thing you want to do this year:
I would like to take a vacation.

Something you want to do within five years: Both of my children are out of high school and I would like to see them established in their careers.


One word to describe yourself:
Caring.

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