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Environmental and Land Use Attorney in Midland, TX

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Company name

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Environmental and Land Use

Years of Experience

Min 8 yrs required


Midland, TX

Date Last Verified

Jun 21,2018

Posted on

Jun 12,2018

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Senior Landman Duties: Perform duties and/or tasks assigned and represent the Company in negotiations of oil and gas leases, joint operating agreements, pooling agreements, acreage trades, property acquisitions and property divestitures; timely and accurate approval of title and closing of transactions; ability to work effectively with other disciplines. Able to manage lease acquisition project; direct brokers to order take offs to identify open acreage; timely direct brokers to acquire leases and review incoming custom forms while managing their budget; provide timely updates to area team and management. Upon completion of lease acquisition, identify operators within leasehold block and create opportunities for consolidation of stranded acreage to maximize value. Analyze and provide accurate interpretation of complex oil and gas lease and other contract provisions. Review exploration agreements for onerous provisions and collaborate with in-house legal counsel to provide recommendation to management. Effectively communicate contractual obligations to development area teams. Demonstrate proven ability to negotiate and deliver custom agreements that are in compliance with Pioneer policies (e.g. pooling documents, horizontal JOAs, exchange agreements, custom letter agreements, etc.). Order and review title opinions and oversee curative process. Conduct, facilitate and approve due diligence. Coordinate activity of contract personnel engaged to assist in performance of duties. Effectively communicate with accounting, operations and third party groups. Review and analyze Railroad Commission records. Calculate working interest and net revenue interest in complex contractual scenarios, such as joint ventures, drilling wells across multiple contract areas, varying leases, non-participating royalty interests, excess burdens, etc. Direct Division Order how to properly pay revenue for horizontal allocation wells and pooled horizontal wells. Ensure compliance with corporate and departmental policies and procedures. Prepare and present presentations as required. Create collaborative environment; mentor less experienced Landmen. As member of the asset team plan, develop and execute development plan in area of responsibility and ensure land obligations are satisfied. Negotiate with other companies and/or individuals in preparation of term assignments, operating agreements and farm-out agreements. Proactively pursue and deliver opportunities to maximize or increase company value via acreage trades or other Acquisition & Divestiture related transactions. Understand and manage all aspects of horizontal wells; which would include being able to assess the benefits and risks associated with allocation wells, pooled wells and consolidated lease wells. Have a thorough understanding of Protocol, leasehold pooling in Texas and the impact of non-participating royalty on pooled wells and consolidated lease wells. Be able to quickly identify when a surface use agreement is needed in those areas involving planned horizontal wells. Fully capable of assessing situations. Weighs decisions against company objectives and RESPECT values. Shows good judgment for level of experience. Highly experienced in dealing with regular contacts with mineral and royalty owners, field brokers, surveyors, attorneys and employees from other companies. Requires little to no direction or technical assistance to perform job responsibilities on assigned projects and routing daily tasks. Frequently takes lead project role. Coordinates activities with Land and any other contract personnel engaged to assist. Performs other/additional duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor degree, preferably in Energy Management/Energy Commerce, or Law degree; (Relevant years of experience may substitute for PLM degree). High-level knowledge of oil and gas explorations and production activities. 8+ years of petroleum land experience in comparable position(s). Prefer “ in-house” petroleum land experience. Highly experienced with demonstrated ability to successfully handle negotiations with mineral and leasehold estate owners. Land experience working in the Permian Basin preferred. Possess good written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate ability to work in cooperation with others. Able to plan, organize, and prioritize personal work activities to accomplish work projects and goals.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
5205 North OConnor Boulevard
Suite 1400
Midland, TX 75039-3746