In the energy industry, petroleum landsmen focus on acquiring mineral rights from property owners. Before pursuing acquisitions, landsmen must do extensive research to ensure they locate the correct owner or owners of each piece of property. After completing that step, landsmen can pursue several strategies to acquire the mineral rights. They may opt to purchase the land or lease it from the owner.
Typically, successful landsmen need good people skills so they can interact effectively with landowners and other stakeholders. In addition, landsmen are often a landowner’s first point of contact with an oil company. This means that landsmen must focus on creating a positive and professional first impression to establish a good working relationship with property owners.