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MCJ Collective
MCJ Collective

Land Specialist



Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Role Overview
Title: Land Specialist
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Schedule: Full-time
Manager: Land Manager
$95k-$110k base/ year
Stock options
Performance Bonus
Mission – Why we exist and why we need you
Geothermal energy is the most abundant renewable energy source in the world. There is 2,300 times more energy in geothermal heat in the ground than in oil, gas, coal, and methane combined. However, historically it’s been hard to find and expensive to develop. At Zanskar, we’re using better technology to find and develop new geothermal resources in order to make geothermal cheaper and a vital contributor to a carbon-free electrical grid. The Land Team at Zanskar is responsible for (1) securing site control for all prospecting, exploration and development work, (2) acquiring, managing and maintaining all necessary permits and ensuring compliance, and (3) securing rights-of-way for development work.
Outcomes - Problems you’ll solve
We need a Land Specialist to participate in all aspects of securing site control for greenfield prospecting, exploration and development work. The Land Specialist is expected to work as an expert in negotiating with land managers and landowners to acquire access for field operations and exploration teams. They will collaborate with the Land, Exploration and Field Operations teams across the company and throughout the negotiation process to ensure the company pays market prices and the right lands are acquired on a timely basis. The Land Specialist will also help the company initiate good and mutually beneficial relationships with all our landowner and land manager partners. Success will be when you have secured access to certain prospects in a timely fashion, within budget and with all land and regulatory partners in agreement.
Competencies – What we’re looking for
Land negotiation experience: Successful candidates must have 3 years of land work experience at either an oil and gas, minerals or renewables company. They must have proven experience negotiating land deals with landowners and managers for resource exploration, development, and/or operation. Some experience doing landwork for geothermal projects is a plus, but is not a requirement. Additionally, experience doing land work out west is preferred, but is not required.
Understanding of Chain of Title, Surface and Mineral Rights: Must have an understanding of mineral rights. Must have experience working with chains of title, ownership reports, legal and lease agreements and other ownership or regulatory documents. Experience with geothermal rights is a plus, but is not required.
Understanding of Subsurface Resources: Must have experience working with subsurface resources, which includes communicating subsurface uncertainties with landowners (no subsurface projects are ever guaranteed to work!).
Relationship Builder: Must have a track record of building relationships with landowners and managers, where reputation, particularly honest dealings, is critical.
3+ years of land work (required): work can include land acquisition, land management, title research, land use planning, due diligence, land valuation, contract negotiations, project support, environmental and regulatory compliance, and/or community engagement.
Land Certifications (preferred): CPL (Certified Professional Landman), RPL (Registered Professional Landman), CRA (Certified Right of Way Agent), CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), CLC (Certified Land Consultant), are not required, but are a plus.
Bachelor’s degree (preferred): A Bachelor's degree in Real Estate, Land Management, or a related field is not required, but is a plus.
6 paid federal holidays
15 days PTO
Medical and dental coverage
Growth opportunities in a growing startup environment
Equal Opportunity Employer
Zanskar is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practice laws. Please reach out to careers@zanskar.us with any questions.