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Posted on: January 22, 2018

Conservation District Employee Named Outstanding Employee of the Year


(Pitt County) — At the January 2018 meeting of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Districts, Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District employee Carolyn Garris was named “Administrative District Employee of the Year” during a special awards ceremony. Garris is the Administrative Assistant and Education Coordinator for the Pitt County District, and was nominated for the award in September of 2017 by District Director PJ Andrews.

The Pitt Soil and Water Conservation District Board and staff have the responsibility of developing and carrying out a comprehensive natural resource conservation program in Pitt County. The district works closely with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other cooperating agencies to assist and educate all landowners in proper use of the land.

As an administrative position for assisting the Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District, there is much to maintain as far as job duties are concerned. Among general administrative duties such as composing and typing correspondence, recording and preparing meeting minutes, promoting educational programs and budgeting, Garris also assists with administration of the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program (NCACSP). She has also developed a reporting program titled, “Customer Information Reporting System” (CIRS) through Google Forms. The success of this program evolved even further into the development of a mobile app which efficiently assists field staff in creating notes and follow-ups. Garris has also lead workshops at the CET (Conservation Employees Training) in 2017 as well as overseen the training of new employees in partnering counties.

Carolyn continues to learn to be as efficient and proficient as possible through tutorials, webinars, trainings, various workshops as well as pursuing higher education courses through accredited institutions such as Pitt Community College and Mt. Olive College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems.

 For more information on the Pitt Soil & Water Conservation District operations, call 252-902-1746 or visit

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