About This Career
Surface Land Professionals participate in the planning of drilling, pipeline and facility projects, and perform a critical role in negotiating the acquisition of the surface rights access required to carry out drilling and production activities. The Surface Land Professional provides valuable insights into surface, community, environmental and regulatory issues. They serve as an ambassador for the company and industry, and represent the company’s interests when interacting with landowners, regulators and industry partners. They are typically the first point of contact between land owners and operators. Direct experience in First Nations consultation may be required.
Surface Land Professionals manage financial transactions and ensure field activity reporting and information sharing complies with laws and regulations. They often spend a lot of time in the field negotiating with key stakeholders. Senior level positions tend to work more in an office environment overseeing professionals working in the field. This role requires use of databases and various types of computer software.
Education: Completion of a post-secondary diploma, and two- to three-years of relevant experience is typically required for this occupation. An internship is required to complete a Land Agent license is to become an accredited negotiator. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) offers a voluntary program to recognize experience, proficiency and professionalism.
Employment: This occupation is employed in onshore environments in the exploration and production and pipelines sectors in the oil and gas industry.
Example job titles: Land Negotiation and Administration Professional, Surface Land Agent, Surface Rights Administrator, Landman
- Acquisitions and Divestiture
- Community Relations
- Health and Safety Professional
- Joint Venture Representative
- Land Agent
- Land Negotiator
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career moves associated with this occupation:
Mild Physical Activity
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Forestry and logging
- Mining and quarrying
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Utilities, including renewable energy
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary diploma
- Valid driver’s license may be required.
- Land Agent license is required for all negotiator roles.