Rosa Aviles, Grounds Maintenance Crew Leader

Rosa has worked for the City since 2012.

What’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?

“I’ve learned that I don’t have to fit in a specific mold; I can break traditions and work in this field that people consider a man’s field. I can do whatever I put my mind to, and with dedication and effort I can achieve anything.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I do my job because I love it. I love working in the earth, I love to tend to the gardens and see the positive impact my work has on others and how it brightens their day.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve done in your career?

“I think the hardest thing I have done is obtaining my CDL. This helped me see that with dedication I could accomplish anything. I was scared to take the test, but with support I was able to overcome my fear and complete the test.”

What are you passionate about?

“God and family. God has blessed me with three beautiful children and two gorgeous granddaughters who I’m very proud of and love very much. My family is very important to me and I know we all support each other.”

What do you admire about this organization?

“I admire the hard workers in this company, both men and women, who work hard to make Springfield look beautiful and safe. They work year-round to keep the streets and the city clean; they work to make sure the streets are safe during the winter months. I appreciate everyone who works everyday to take care of our city.”

outdoor portrait of Rosa Aviles in grounds keeping attire, trimming a shrub