May 7, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU parks and resource graduate earns Office of Year honor
Darin Dick, 2008 Slippery Rock University parks and resource management graduate, has been named the Northeast Region Refuge Office of Year at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.
Considered one of the busiest refuges in the Northeast, Dick, who joined the refuge seven years ago, works to ensure that the 1.5 million people who visit the refuge annually have a safe and enjoyable time.
He was cited for going the extra mile beyond helping wildlife, lending an extra hand when necessary and working to make sure the job is really done.
In talking about his work, Dick said, "Growing up in a small town in western Pennsylvania, the outdoors has always been a very large part of my life. A stone's throw away from the house I grew up in, were abundant amounts of woodland, farmland and a large lake. Also, a short drive from home was the Allegheny National Forest, where I spent many hours hunting and fishing with my family. From an early age, I was taught to have a great respect for nature and the things it could provide to us and our lives."
While at SRU, Dick completed the seasonal law enforcement training program and later worked with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources as well as the National Park Service in law enforcement capacities using those experiences to land his career goal of becoming a game warden.
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