Ben Nadolski Achievements

About Ben

Ben Nadolski’s journey began shortly after graduating from Weber State University in 2000. From jumping from helicopters for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to overseeing its operations today, Ben’s commitment to Ogden and its natural resources is unwavering. Instrumental in the Ogden River Restoration Project, he transformed a blighted river into a community asset. With a Master of Science degree and professional training in Public Management and leadership, Ben’s expertise is vast. A former football player at Weber State University, he’s a proud nativeĀ  and a dedicated family man with his wife Jaynee and daughters, Hazel and Millie.

Student Athlete:

Participated in college football at both Phoenix College and Weber State University.

Educational Pursuits:

Earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and later a Master of Science from Utah State University focused on aquatic ecology.

Conservation & Wildlife Expertise:

Held various roles at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, ranging from Conservation Biologist to Regional Supervisor, emphasizing river restoration and policy development.

Civic Leadership:

Served as a City Council Member for Ogden, representing the residents and actively participating in city governance.

Community Engagement:

Engaged in multiple community projects, including the Ogden River Restoration Project, and served on several boards and committees.

Experience

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (12 years)

  • Regional Supervisor: Leading day-to-day agency operations in northern Utah.
  • Legislative Liaison: Collaborating with lawmakers to protect Utah’s natural resources.
  • Policy Analyst: Working closely with Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s office on land use policies.
  • Assistant Program Manager: Overseeing aquatic resource conservation in northern Utah.
  • River Restoration Specialist: Coordinating river protection and restoration efforts.

Ogden City (7 years 10 months)

City Council Member: Representing Ogden’s 4th Municipal Ward and shaping legislative priorities.

Utah Department of Natural Resources (9 years)

  • Fisheries Biologist: Managing reservoir fisheries in northern Utah.
  • Conservation Biologist: Coordinating conservation actions for state-sensitive species.

Arizona Game and Fish Department (1 year)

  • Research Assistant: Assessing the effects of the Central Arizona Project Canal on aquatic resources.

Education

Weber State University: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.

Ben graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice with an academic emphasis in Law Enforcement and also earned a minor in Zoology.

Utah State University: Master of Science in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Biology.

Ben was responsible for designing and conducting field data collection techniques and methods. He collected and quantitatively analyzed field data, developed research conclusions, wrote technical reports for publicly funded research grants, and presented research results to various audiences both locally and internationally. His research and academic program focused on stream ecology and aquatic invasive species ecology.

Projects

Weber River Partnership:

Leading a multi-disciplinary stream restoration strategic planning process.

Ogden River Restoration Project:

A $6-million community project transforming downtown Ogden.

Volunteer Experience

  • GOAL Foundation: Serving on the Board of Directors and promoting outdoor recreational events.
  • Ogden School District: Advocating for district-wide education reform.
  • Weber State University Wildcat Club: Guiding athletic programs and community outreach.

Skills

Program Management
Community development
Ecology
Environmental Awareness
Environmental Science

Honors & Awards

  • Utah Young Professional of the Year by the Bonneville Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2008).

 

  • 2012 Employee of the Year by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources-Aquatics Section.