A Facebook conversation about being a Ranger at Heinz Refuge
It’s hidden away on the Facebook Page of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge! A fascinating conversation recorded live with Lamar Gore, the popular manager of the nation’s first and largest urban wildlife center (see the link, below).
Answering a wide range of questions posed to him live and online, the personable manager Lamar Gore takes his audience through his early life developing an interest in the natural world around him. From those beginnings, he relates how he found his way as a person of color to a terrific and successful career with the National Wildlife Service.
He also deals with great insight and passion with how he and his Heinz team try to break down the barriers between their Black neighbors in Southwest and the treasures waiting for them in the refuge – and other areas in the Philadelphia area. We work hard at developing an inclusive place of employment and an educational program and recreation environment at Heinz that meet the needs of all the communities we serve.
To young people who are searching for a direction he has some direct and practical advice. “If you are interested, take a free course, find an internship, or just engage in outdoor activities,” he suggests.
“A volunteer job gets your name out there and lets you develop your skills – raises you up a notch when job opportunities come along.”
Manager Gore tells the story of the first Black biologist he met and how exciting that was for him as a young student “It felt like I had won the lottery and I didn’t have to buy a ticket.”
“Why am I out there,” he is asked. He just enjoys being able to share his lifelong love of nature. “Look beyond the uniform and the badge!” he counsels. “If you see me on the trail, come alongside and chat. Don’t be afraid to ask me questions. I’ll be delighted to introduce you to my world.”
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located at the South end of Lindbergh Blvd. in Southwest. For information about programs and access, phone 215-365-3118 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Instagram @johnheinznwr
“A Conversation with Lamar Gore, Heinz Refuge Manager”