- Oil sands
- Exploration and production
- Post-secondary diploma
About This Career
Before a company can begin drilling for oil or gas, it needs to own the right to access and sell the minerals or resources found under the ground. This could be different owners than those who own the surface land rights. In Canada, almost 90 percent of these minerals are owned by the government, and the rest is owned by individuals or companies. You are the person on the front lines. You hunt down the mineral right owners to negotiate deals. You help your company access the resources. You connect your company to the reservoir.
The Mineral Land Professional is an important part of an exploration and development team of professionals that includes engineers, geologists and geophysicists and is directly involved in the acquisition, management, and disposition of petroleum and natural gas mineral rights and related contracts. They contribute to the strategic planning phase of exploration and development, and are responsible for negotiating and documenting mineral land contracts in their designated geographical area. They also draft and analyze mineral land agreements, administer Crown sales and rental payments, and integrate acquisitions into the Land System databases.
Mineral Land Professionals work closely with a multi-disciplinary team as well as other land personal. They serve as the point of contact between the organization and industry partners and government regulators regarding mineral land ownership and related regulatory issues. This role requires the use of databases and various types of computer software.
When you start in this occupation activities may include:
- Drafting and analyzing agreements ensuring company standards are incorporated
- Ensuring agreements are correctly recorded and maintained in land management databases
- Integrating recent acquisitions into land management databases and handle post-closing issues
- Setting up and maintaining mineral leases and files to ensure accurate title records
- Assuming responsibility for administration of Crown sales and rental payments
As you advance in this career, you may take on additional tasks including:
- Liaising with external stakeholders including regulatory bodies, industry associations, partners and competitors to ensure access to land opportunities are maintained and enhanced
- Negotiating mineral land agreements (farmout, poolings, acquisitions, divestments, etc.) with industry partners
- Developing postings and bid strategies for Crown sales and acquisition strategies for Freehold lands
- There are regulatory bodies for the Mineral Land Professional including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) and Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration (CAPLA). The employer may require certification with one of these associations.
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL)
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration (CAPLA)
You have strong communications skills and work well on a team. You are a skilled researcher. You are organized and pay keen attention to details. You understand regulatory processes in your province.
- Computer use
- Attention to detail
- Active listening
- Law and government
- Administration and management
- Document use
- Judgment and decision making
- Managing conflict
- Finance and insurance
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
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Also known as
- Mineral Land Administrator
- Mineral Land Administration Manager
- Mineral Land and Contracts Manager