Nolan’s interest and passion for agriculture grew while growing up on family farms in the Oyen and Acadia Valley areas of Alberta. Wanting to pursue a career that was closely tied to the land, he attended Lakeland College in Vermilion to complete a diploma in Environmental Conservation & Reclamation. After graduating in 2006, he gained an opportunity to start working in environmental consulting. Here he acquired valuable experience in working on reclamation and restoration of oil & gas sites both in cultivated and grasslands. In 2013 he chose to shift career paths and took a job with the Special Areas in Hanna Alberta as a Rangeland Agrologist.