Entry Senior

Mineral Land Professional

Courtesy of CNRL

About This Career

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.

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.

This occupation is employed in onshore environments in the exploration and production and oil sands sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Other example job titles include: Mineral Land Administrator, Mineral Land Administration Manager, Mineral Land and Contracts Manager. 

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Drafting and analyzing agreements ensuring company standards are incorporated.
Analyzing and resolving queries from third-parties, accounting and other internal departments. 
Documenting/Recording Information
Ensuring agreements are correctly recorded and maintained in Land Management databases.
Integrating recent acquisitions into Land Management databases and handle post-closing issues.
Ensuring negotiation and documentation of terms of agreements are aligned with strategy and requirements of the Asset Team and the Land Department.
Assisting in the preparation, review, execution, management and interpretation of company-operated and partner-operated land agreements.
Assisting with acquisitions and divestitures.
Evaluating Information
Ensuring negotiation and documentation of terms of agreements are aligned with strategy and requirements of the Asset Team and Land Department.
Maintaining Relationships
Nurturing, maintaining and optimizing long-term relationships with external stakeholders.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring obligations, commitment dates and expiry dates of mineral rights and land agreements.
Performing Administrative Activities
Setting up and maintaining mineral leases and files to ensure accurate title and records.
Assuming responsibility for administration of Crown sales and rental payments.
Processing Information
Reviewing and processing daily operations material for assigned areas, e.g. assignments and change or challenge of operatorship. 
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Providing working interest and royalty information to other land professionals in preparation for abandonments, recompletions and new drills.
Attention to Detail
Law and Government
Document Use
Computer use
Active Listening
Career Path
  • Contracts Analyst
  • Contracts Landman
  • Entry level Land Administrator
  • Land Negotiator
  • Surface Land Professional
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Road
    Remote Locations
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Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support



Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma