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Professional Land Management

Energy development requires people who understand the business and legal challenges facing a project. This is where a landman or land specialist is important. Landmen have the opportunity to build trusting relationships between land owners and energy companies while working to find mutually beneficial solutions to energy exploration and production.

We are one of ten programs accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Make a difference in people's lives by building trustworthy relationships and seeking mutually beneficial solutions to energy exploration and production issues.

What is a landman?

  • Determines ownership and title of surface and subsurface rights
  • Negotiates leases with landowners and develops and administers mutually beneficial contracts and royalties with the assistance of corporate counsel to allow exploration and production
  • Coordinates field exploration activities connecting the lease owners and the exploration/production company
  • Ensures compliance with governmental regulations, collaborates with stakeholders including engineers, geologists, accountants, and attorneys

Career and Graduate School Opportunities

Typical employers are oil, gas, pipeline, and coal companies, utilities, wind and solar companies, federal and state government, law firms, and independent landmen brokerage companies.

Recent Graduates Jobs

  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Surface Landman
  • BP America, Surface Land Negotiator
  • Hoover and Stacy, Independent Landman
  • LoneTree Energy and Associates, Landman
  • McDonald Land Services, Lease Buyer
  • NextEra Energy, Land Services Representative
  • NorthStar Energy, Contract Landman
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Transmission Siting, Permitting, and Environmental Planner
  • Ultra Petroleum, Land Technician
  • Wyoming Department of Transportation, Lands Management Specialist II
  • Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, Auditor II


Students take courses in communication, mathematics, statistics, business, economics, land management, energy, geographic information systems (GIS), law and negotiation. To provide a more rounded experience, Professional Land Management students take classes during their senior year including Property Law I and II, Contracts, Oil and Gas Law, Public Lands, and Advanced Oil and Gas Law.

Click here to download the Professional Land Management degree plan.

Professional Organizations

Professional Land Management students develop industry connections through their mandatory membership in these organizations and may be eligible to apply for scholarships.

American Association of Professional Landmen

Students join the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) during the fall semester membership drive. Student membership dues are paid by AAPL.

Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen

Students join the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen and are eligible to apply for their scholarships during the spring semester.

Wyoming Student Chapter of Professional Land Managers

All Professional Land Management students join the Wyoming Student Chapter of Professional Land Managers and are expected to be actively involved in the organization including community service events.

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Pam Henderson

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Dept 3012 1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6879

Fax: 307-766-6701


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