Mineral Land Professional

NOC #12102

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education Post-secondary diploma
  • Average salary $49,000 to $92,000

Career profile

Mineral land professionals play a pivotal role in facilitating access to vital resources by negotiating and securing mineral rights essential for oil, natural gas and other mineral exploration. Their primary objective is to connect the company to underground resources while ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks and maximizing strategic opportunities.

Mineral land professionals identify and engage with mineral rights owners and negotiate deals crucial for securing access to resources for exploration and development. They develop and manage mineral land contracts, participation in public land sales and ensure rental payments, along with integrating acquired mineral rights data into land system databases. They are the primary liaison between their organization, industry partners, and government regulators regarding mineral land ownership and associated regulatory matters. They work closely with diverse teams, including engineers, geologists, geophysicists, and land personnel, to align mineral rights acquisitions with overarching project objectives.

Oil sands, Exploration and production, Geothermal

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)

  • Travel likely required
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Work away from home/in camps

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
  • Collaborative
  • Law and government
  • Administration and management
  • Document use
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Managing conflict
  • Negotiation