Lamar started as refuge manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in 2014, working with refuge staff to begin meeting with community members in an effort to build relationships between the staff and the community. The refuge has shifted to taking a new look at what it meant to be a refuge in Philadelphia and in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The refuge team works to meet with community to know and better understand the stressors, joys, and needs of the community and working with community leaders/organizations to find and take on solutions.
Prior to his time at John Heinz, Lamar worked in the Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as Assistant Refuge Supervisor, Chief of the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, and Migratory Bird Biologist.
He has also worked in the field as Assistant Regional Biologist, Assistant Refuge Biologist, and Biological Technician from Virginia to Vermont.
Through his career, he worked on regional youth program development, diversity recruitment, urban program development, species and habitat restoration, and other projects.
Lamar has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Delaware State University and a master’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts.