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Job Description
The Land Advisor will analyze, negotiate and prepare and/or review agreements including leases, farm outs, term assignments and operating agreements required for drilling wells to evaluate and/or develop acreage managed by Asset Teams including all compliance required for agreements as well as obtain the necessary title examination, title curative and issue final title approval and release of wells for drilling.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong knowledge and application of land and negotiating principles, theories and concepts and have a wide understanding of how Land interacts, advises and collaborates with geoscience, engineering, operations, legal, regulatory and other professional groups.

    • Review reports of county/state/federal ownership, oil and gas leases, and participation agreements to ascertain mineral and/or surface ownership, working interests, and net revenue interests.
    • Prepare exhibits and lease schedules for Unit Agreements, Joint Operating Agreements, Conveyance and Assignments, Communitizations, and other pertinent documents.
    • Coordinate leasehold checks with field broker and work closely with Landman to summarize data.
    • Assist in preparation of documents for unitization or expansion of federal units.
    • Coordinates with Landman the purchase of small interest owners and preparation of the conveyance documents.
    • Assist Landman in research ownership for new drilling and/or operational AFE’s, and provide required information to Land Tech for further handling.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of department procedures.
    • Correspond/communicate with regulatory agencies regarding ownership, leasing, assignments, spacing, etc. (BLM, State, Conservation Commission, BIA, etc).
    • Prepare various agreements under direction of Landman, including Declaration of Pooling, lease extensions, releases, assignments, affidavits of production, and title curative documents.
    • Attend company and industry meetings and represent Newfield for Land/Regulatory/Working Interest matters, interface with working interest owners, royalty owners and surface owners.
    • Order abstracts and drilling title opinions from Title Attorneys, facilitate research and information flow to attorney, and initiate and/or recommend curative upon request.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Land Management, Energy Management, Business or a related field or Law degree (J.D.) from an accredited Law school
  • Minimum of 20 years of in-house, broad-based working experience in traditional operations Land Negotiator roles
  • Must possess advanced analytical skills.
  • Must have knowledge of land principles and their application with the ability to analyze leases, division orders, and contracts to determine ownership within a prospect.
  • Knowledge of multiple state and federal regulations in our areas of operation.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to identify areas of improvement and to introduce innovative and sound solutions.
  • Ability to prepare and present clear, concise and persuasive oral/written opinions, reports and presentations.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required.
  • Extremely organized individual with the capacity to plan, prioritize and complete multiple projects.   
  • Proven ability to effectively interact with a multidisciplinary oil and gas team and capacity to establish professional credibility with internal and external contacts.
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and the flexibility of working extended hours as needed.

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