News | April 16, 2022

Employee Reflection: Carolyn Emerick

Environmental Protection Specialist, Fairbanks, Alaska

A woman poses.
Environmental Protection Specialist Carolyn Emerick, of DLA Disposition Services Fairbanks, Alaska.
A woman poses.
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Environmental Protection Specialist Carolyn Emerick, of DLA Disposition Services Fairbanks, Alaska.
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VIRIN: 220404-D-D0441-601
 

Describe your job.

I am an environmental protection specialist and a Contracting Officer’s Representative. I assist generators in the area for hazardous waste/material removals by monitoring contractor performance and compliance paperwork.

How long as a fed? 

45 years.

How long with DLA Disposition Services? 

28 years.

What was your first job(s)?

Babysitting and clerk typist for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Any memorable times with DLA?

Lots of memories since I first started. From being a secretary to my final position, it has been a series of lots of system changes and from being a part of a full-functioning site to a field office.

What’s satisfying about the job?

Keeping hazardous waste and materials moving in a timely manner out of this area. With the system changing, it’s been challenging to make sure it’s done in a timely and compliant manner.

Any good advice you’ve received?

Leaders – get out from behind your desk and check on your people. This and teamwork is how to keep the property moving in a timely and safe manner.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Retired.