What does a Landman do?

A landman negotiates deals to draw up contracts and complete reports and project management in the gas and oil exploration industries. Their primary task is getting permission to drill new wells. A landman will draft contracts, negotiate deals with individuals and companies, and ensure they are within compliance of governmental regulations.

A landman must complete financial reporting and project management tasks. They scout areas that could hold oil or resources for drilling and once they have identified an area, they must negotiate a contract between the landowner and their employer. They pay special attention to the specifics concerning royalties and lease payments to a landowner. Their primary concern is the acquisition and maintenance of access to the right to use land for the extraction of natural resources including oil or gas. They are excellent negotiators and are fluent in all types of land transactions including farm ins, farm outs, and others. A landman needs a bachelor’s degree in land or resource management or related fields. Some also pursue certification.

What responsibilities are common for Landman jobs?
  • Utilize various documents, files, websites and title search software.
  • Research respective title plant software, analyze and evaluate pertinent record documents for determination of ownership, legal descriptions, and any connection to title.
  • Prepare an accurate and compressive title commitment in accordance with company examining and policy procedures.
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships at all key facilities.
  • Actively promote and champion company safety programs, projects, and behavior.
  • Work closely with the customer and escrow staff to meet time requirements for options, and assist with answering questions.
  • Advanced knowledge of supply contracts with domestic and international suppliers.
  • Explain chain of title, exceptions, and requirements to customers and managers
  • Act as a resource to less experienced team members.
  • Maintain proper production levels and delivery standards on a daily basis.
  • Review videos and podcasts to log footage, photo, audio, and music usage.
  • Negotiate long term agreements and lead the implementation, coordination and enforcement of contractual obligations with category.
  • Advise operations on regulatory requirements and provide technical support as needed.
  • Recommend and advise management on process improvement and impact of change and leads initiatives to improve processes and service/products.
  • Assist in the development of opportunities that fit the company's land development strategies and understanding of current market trends in land development and home build.
  • Facilitate regular council meetings to define the category strategy and manage/optimize overall supplier performance, review standard metrics, discuss market/industry factors, and perform competitive benchmarking.
  • Manage the preparation, maintenance and sustaining of mining and reclamation and related land permits.
  • Work closely with external service providers on technical, government and legal matters.
  • Communicate internally with the sales and marketing team on product, product shifts, and schedule.
What are the typical qualifications for Landman jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, business administration, accounting or information technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with landscaping tasks such as mowing, pruning, edging, and mulching.
  • Familiar with land surveys and leases.
  • Experience with statistics, computing, and writing protocols.
  • Is a leader and decision maker with demonstrated positive attitude and time management skills.
  • Comfortable compiling information and making decisions.
  • Will post announcements and notices when necessary.
  • A natural problem solver with strict attention to details.
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Landman make?

$73,659 /yr
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Read what Landman professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Purple Land ManagementPurple Land Management
Dec 4, 2020

“Most of the people are great and the resources provided to help get the job done are some of the best in the industry.”

Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia
Grounds Crew
Feb 11, 2020

“good hourly rate and penalties.”

Petroleum Landman
Sep 23, 2020

“Good pay and 401k.”

Land Referencer
Feb 23, 2022

“4. People work day and night to deliver the best quality of work and what do they get in return”

Pizzacon Patacón
Title Examiner
Sep 30, 2020

“Good good good good good”

Land Reprensetative
Jun 3, 2020

“Good in teamwork and benefit for your future”

Somerset Hills Country ClubSomerset Hills Country Club
Grounds Crew
Sep 16, 2021

“Good people and well”

US Mortgage Title Analyst
Oct 24, 2021

“Job safety is guaranteed and Transport service was nice.”

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When working as a Landman, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Problem Solving, HEDIS, Load Unload, and Windows 2003.

The most similar professions to Landman are:
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Independent Contractor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Sales Representative

The most common qualifications to become a Landman include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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