6 Landman Websites You Don’t Know About

I thought I would do a quick post this week just detailing some of the places on the internet that I frequently visit.  I also felt that it would be a nice thing to give credit to these sources, as they often give me inspiration for the blogs I post here.  So without further ado, here is my list of places that I go:



Paul Nielsen runs LandNews, and has done so for quite some time.  If you haven’t ever met Paul, he’s a great guy and does the industry a wonderful service by running LandNews.  He posts available jobs, events, funeral announcements, and anything else that might relate to landmen.  Most of it is related to the Houston market, but more and more he is getting postings that are applicable to other places.  I very  much enjoy the information I get from Mr. Nielsen’s blogs.

Props should also go to Luigi Ballatori of LandPro for hosting the site for LandNews.

LandNews is now managed by the AAPL.  You can still post for free and get a daily digest of postings email to you, even if you aren't an AAPL member.



Chris Swindell runs Landman Careers, and at first glance you might think it’s a rehash of job postings you have seen elsewhere.  If you look closer you’ll see it’s a combination of ads that were originally on other sites, ads that were placed on his site originally, and ads on major job boards.  So this is a great ‘one stop shop’ just to see what’s out there.  It might not be a ‘full’ listing (who could really have a ‘full’ listing anyway), but it is a good representation of the market.


Facebook Group: Landmen and Right of Way Agents

Kay Salter started a group on Facebook for people in the land business, and while there aren’t a lot of jobs posted there — it’s a great place for networking, learning, and meeting people.  There are about 250 members and they are very friendly and helpful.


There are at least a dozen landman groups on LinkedIn, so I’m not able to actively monitor them all.  Most of them are setup to send me a weekly overview of the new posts and I’ll review those and comment if I’m motivated.  Here are a few groups that I pay special attention to because of their size, content, or the fact that they unfailingly post links to my blogs:

AAPL Official LinkedIn Group – This is a group that the AAPL runs and gets regular contributions from members and AAPL staff.

Formation of Landmen and Right of Way Agents – This is a relatively new group, it was formed in January 2013.  Fred Cheek is the owner / moderator.  As it is a new group it is a little light on membership (~70 members), but as a result it doesn’t have very much spam content in it.

Landmen of America – This is a group that was started by Arthur Yannayon in May 2012.  It has about 1500 members and has a pretty active membership.  There are multiple postings per week discussing jobs, industry news, and educational questions.

Title Research Group – Diana Anthony started this group, which boasts a membership of over 2600 individuals.  Nick Loesch helps manage the content in this group as a moderator/manager.  This group seems to have more postings than the others, but that is likely because of the size of the group.  While Nick and Diane do a good job of keeping out the spam, there are always quite a bit of “I need a job” posts on this group.

Landman Technology – This group tends to have more information on tech trends and tools useful for landmen.  You’ll also find information about land software companies and related vendors.  It has about 2800 members, so it is a decently sized group.

I’d like to mention that all of these LinkedIn groups are run by individuals who have no profit motive in maintaining and moderating the group.  It takes time and effort to run these groups and that should be acknowledged(and that’s what I’m attempting to do).


Most people check landmen.net because they are looking for jobs.  I don’t really check it for jobs, but I do check it to read the job postings.  I find that it’s a great way to keep up with what areas are active and busy, and also what brokers are active.

The site did recently go to a paid model - it now costs $10/year to have access to the job postings.  However, it is still free for brokers to post jobs to the site - this means there are always a good supply of job postings.  That $10/year helps to defray the cost of maintaining the website and I think it is worth supporting this great resource.


Oil and Gas Law Digest is a great resource that is edited by a friend of mine, Austin Brister.  He is a transactional attorney who speaks often at industry events.  I find his take on complex oil and gas issues to be down to earth and easy to understand.  Definitely put this on your list.

Austin contributed to this article on Landman Insider discussing continuous drilling provisions in oil & gas leases.

Randy Young

Randy Young

Randy is a land consultant with experience in field and in-house land work, land administration, and software consulting with systems used in the land management business. He is an active member of the AAPL, HAPL, and NHAPL and is a regular attendee of industry functions. Randy's latest projects have included land data systems integrations, with a focus on Quorum Land System.

  • Nick Loesch says:

    Thanks for mentioning the group Randy. Yes we do have a lot of people who post wanting work but only because we welcome them and ask them to participate. In some cases their postings have resulted in them getting a gig someplace and afterall, that is part of what linked in is about isn’t it? Networking has to begin with a post, either placing it or reading it and our group seems to grow rapidly. Anyone wishing to post feels free to do so. Keep up your good work of educating us with your blogs and you insights into the industry, I know most are happy to read and learn.

    • Randy Young Randy Young says:

      Hey Nick, thanks for commenting! It definitely wasn’t a ‘dig’ at the group, I was just trying to have some comments for each different place that I was listing. You two do a great job 🙂

  • Natalie Johns says:

    Another great blog entry by Randy! You’ve named almost all of my stops. I also enjoy reading new postings on http://www.thetitleexaminer.com, which I find to be both relevant and thought provoking. Initially, I was excited to discover http://www.landmancommunity.com, a nicely designed website that I do not feel is utilized to its potential. I believe the current content is stale, therefore I frequent it much less than the others.

    • Randy Young Randy Young says:

      Thanks for sharing Natalie. You’re right about Landman Connection (landmancommunity.com), it’s gone through a few metamorphoses over time and needs some TLC.

      I do follow a larger selection of ‘land’ related blogs, but I’m saving that for another day. You might be surprised at how many there are, although some aren’t updated all that often.

  • Thanks for letting your readers know about my site, Randy! I am working hard to make Landman Careers the BEST job board for landmen by constantly adding new features. The lastest developments are an email newsletter with the latest jobs and industry news and landmen can now let employers find them by posting their resume. Unlike Landmen.net, their resume info including their contact information is not available to the public (and hackers), but is only available to actual employers. I have really been enjoying your blog! Keep up the good work!

  • Carmel Monju says:

    Another great blog posting!! Thanks Randy for posting these great websites. If you haven’t visited them before, you should. All are great resources for those of us in the land industry. As always…continued success!! I look forward to reading the next one….

  • Fred Cheek says:

    I just wanted to thank you for the mention of the group. I feel that we all must work together to keep our industry strong.

  • Josh Atkinson says:

    Thank you for this post! There were a few websites on here that I was not aware of. I will be checking back..

    • Randy Young Randy Young says:

      I’m glad to hear that you go some use from this. I wasn’t sure if people already knew about all these resources, so if it helps one person — that’s enough!

  • Paula Montague says:

    Randy, thank you so much for publishing these websites. Like numerous other unemployed landmen in Texas, we need as many leads as possible to help us find our next job. There were a few posted that I was unaware of. I will check them out. And to all those who are responsible for the websites, thank you for taking the time to create them.

  • Cherene Patty says:

    Randy, I have just discovered your blog and have to say it the most informative, helpful site I’ve found for landmen as I’ve tried to increase my online network.

    • Randy Young Randy Young says:

      Cherene, thanks for the compliment! Feel free to sign up for email updates (top right of the website), and I always appreciate it if you share the articles on LinkedIn/Facebook/Etc.

  • Christine Drella says:

    Hello Randy,
    Thank you for posting these Landman Sites! I am one of the MANY who are looking for resources to find landman jobs.

  • Greg Beam says:

    What a great website with so much information. My brother sent me this site before found it all I knew was landmen.net.
    Which is alright but doesn’t have the resources this site does.
    Thank YOu

  • Arthur Yannayon says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for bringing up the Linked-In group. I have been extremely busy the past number of months so I am just noticing this post. Thanks again.

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