Careers

Welcome to the Port of Brownsville’s Human Resources webpage. We appreciate your interest in our organization and hope that you will find an employment opportunity that is in alignment with your specific skill set. We invite you to review the employment opportunities we have available and apply by submitting a Port of Brownsville Employment Application, a letter of interest and resume to recruitment@portofbrownsville.com.

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  • Drafting and Mapping Supervisor

    TITLE: Drafting and Mapping Supervisor

    DEPARTMENT: Engineering Services Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Professional Employee – PE1

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This is skilled technical work in drafting and execution of standardized designs using computer aided design and drafting software and equipment. An employee in this class prepares clear and accurate working plans and detailed drawings from rough or detailed sketches or notes for varied engineering, surveying, mapping, and other purposes.  Work requires knowledge of engineering practices and mathematics, as well as knowledge of various public works or utilities facilities and structural materials.  Work includes supervision of other drafting personnel.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Perform detailed drafting of utilities, mechanical and structural layouts; computes and drafts work involved in checking and reducing field survey notes, calculating distances, angles, and areas.
    • Prepares various drawings from field notes; reduces field notes; plots and checks center lines and cross sections; uses planimeter or other tools to make engineering measurements, and makes less technical computations.
    • Makes or corrects topographic maps from aerial photos; plots contour lines, transfers parts of entire topographic drawing to the same or different scales.
    • Prepares drawings from written descriptions and maintains orderly files of completed drawings; plots field information on plan and profile drawings.
    • Prepares and maintains necessary maps, records and logs of Port facilities, infrastructure, leases, etc.; supplies engineers, surveyors, contractors; property lessees and the general public with requested information.
    • Performs related work as required.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or equivalent, supplemented by college-level courses in engineering and technical drafting.
    • One to two years’ college or trade school education in mechanical drawing and related areas is helpful.
    • Well-rounded, practical experience may be substituted for formal training.
    • Minimum of three years of experience in engineering drafting.
    • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of engineering drafting.
    • Considerable knowledge of mathematics through the level of trigonometry.
    • Considerable knowledge of land surveying principles and practices.
    • Knowledge and ability to perform construction inspections of civil works.
    • Knowledge of construction specifications for civil works.
    • Ability to accurately make the less complex engineering computations.
    • Ability to read and interpret deeds and Metes & Bounds descriptions.
    • Ability to read and plot field notes.
    • Ability to make accurate, neat, and legible drawings.
    • Ability to understand and follow detailed written and oral instructions.
    • Skilled in the use of all types of drafting instruments.
    • Skilled in the use of AutoCAD and/or similar drafting software.
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
    • Skilled in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and publishing software, such as Word, Excel, Adobe, etc.
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Occasional exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • General Labor

    TITLE: General Labor

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee -MT1

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This is manual labor in the performance of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks that may be of a physically demanding nature.

    Work involves responsibility for performing manual labor, which may be of a heavy nature. As work experience is gained, employees of this class may be assigned to somewhat more difficult and responsible tasks.  Work assignments frequently are detailed, and the work is subject to review while in progress and upon completion.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Perform routine grounds and road right-of-way cleaning and maintenance.
    • Mows grass with power, push-type or small tractor mower.
    • Cuts and hoes weeds.
    • Trims and prunes shrubbery and small trees.
    • Rakes leaves.
    • Edges curbs.
    • Sprays ditches for weeds.
    • Cleans and maintains garden equipment.
    • Loads trash and trimmings on trucks.
    • Cleans floors.
    • Participates in minor maintenance and cleaning of buildings and grounds. Limited equipment use.
    • Other duties as assigned after proper instruction.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • This is an entry level position, no previous experience is required.
    • Ability to perform repair or construction work.
    • Ability to use the tools used in maintenance and construction.
    • Some knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely with and around mechanized equipment.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
    • Ability to perform manual tasks involving physical strength and endurance under variable weather.
     Preferred Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
    • Previous related experience.
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Frequent contact with the public.
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • Security Guard

    TITLE: Security Guard

    DEPARTMENT: Security/Police Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee -MT2

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    Assume responsibility for an assigned shift at the Port of Brownsville. Effective utilization of available resources is required for shift operations. Maintain control of traffic into and out of the Port in accordance with the Facility Security Plan. Ensure shift reports are complete, correct, and filed with the office as required. Maintain moral, integrity, and overall work performance at all times. Provide excellent customer service. A rotating schedule calls for 8-hour shifts. Day, night, or overnight shifts is part of the rotating schedule. This is an unarmed position.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Regulate vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the Port of Brownsville entrances in accordance with the Facility Security Plan to maintain orderly flow.
    • Provide security for the docks when in a restricted status in accordance with the Facility Security Plan.
    • Assist during special events, power outages and other emergencies.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
    • High school graduate or GED.
    • Possess a valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Possess or must be able to obtain a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Six-months related experience and/or training in security work.
    • Knowledge of rules, regulations and policies of Port of Brownsville.
    • Be able to gain a general understanding and familiarity with Port ordinances or regulations, city, state, and federal laws within the probationary period.
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • Ability to maintain logs of information.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Certifications, licenses or other qualifications required for a security officer’s position.
    • One year of experience as a security guard; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Completion of a one-year law-enforcement related certificate from college or technical school.
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, rain, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Frequent contact with the public.
    Additional Requirements
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening, a criminal history and a background investigation to be eligible for consideration.
    • Must be able to be bonded.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • Warehouse Inventory Clerk

    TITLE: Warehouse Inventory Clerk

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee – CT1

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This employee performs clerical duties that include record keeping and administrative detail and follow-up functions. This employee must be well-organized, must possess excellent clerical skills and be able to relate to other employees, administrative personnel and the public.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Maintains departmental files and records.
    • Is responsible for standard office procedures including scheduling appointments, answering phones, processing mail and order supplies, and to the above departments, as needed.
    • Responsible for preparing bid packages for the purchase of equipment and materials for the maintenance department.
    • Maintains receiving, warehousing and distribution operations.
    • Safeguards warehouse operations and contents by establishing and monitoring security procedures and protocols.
    • Verifies inventory levels by conducting physical counts; reconciling with data storage system.
    • Maintains physical condition of warehouse by planning and implementing new design layouts; inspecting equipment; issuing work orders for repair and requisitions for replacement.
    • Responsible for executing the proper process of checking in and out of equipment by facilities maintenance employees.
    • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops.
    • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or GED.
    • Must have a minimum of five years of clerical and computer experience.
    • Must be able to work well with a minimum of supervision and be task oriented, able to start and complete tasks with no direct supervision.
    • Must be able to deal courteously with the public and with employees.
    • Must have the ability to exercise good judgment in making of decisions in accordance with rules, policies, and procedures.
    • Must have knowledge of office terminology, procedures, and equipment.
    • Must type 50 WPM.
    • Microsoft Office experience is required (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary.
    • A high degree of accuracy in performing duties is required.
    • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, logically, and coherently.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public..
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Some post-high school training.
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, rain, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • Waste Water Operator Foreman

    TITLE: Waste Water Operator Foreman

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT5

    Job Summary

    This position is supervisory over limited construction or maintenance within the waste water operations department. An employee in this class is responsible for supervising and participating in public works and public utilities of a small scope and repetitious in nature. Supervision may be exercised over equipment operators as well as a small group of skilled and/or semi-skilled workers. Duties include laying out work and maintaining work schedules. Work is received in the form of specific assignments through frequent conferences with a supervisor, and is inspected occasionally while in progress and upon completion for quality and quantity of work accomplished.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Supervises the work of skilled and semi-skilled workers and equipment operators in the maintenance of water distribution lines, sanitary sewer collection lines, grounds, docks, and other facilities.
    • Discusses job requirements with and receives detailed instructions from supervisor.
    • Keeps work, time and material records and prepares progress reports.
    • Prepares purchase requisitions and material requisitions for necessary equipment and materials.
    • Prepares and submits, or is responsible for the preparation and submittal of, reports to entities having jurisdiction over Port Water & Wastewater facilities, such as TCEQ, as required by permits.
    • Performs related works as required.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • High School graduate or equivalent.
    • Must have a minimum of eight years of experience in the construction and maintenance of facilities and/or water distribution systems and sewer collection systems; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Possession of a class “B” wastewater certificate as issued by the State of Texas.
    • Possession of a class “C” surface water certificate issued by the State of Texas.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and officers of public jurisdictional entities, such as TCEQ, Coast Guard, etc.
    • Knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment commonly used in water distribution and waste water collection systems and/or general facilities maintenance.
    • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.
    • Ability to layout, direct and supervise the work of subordinates.
    • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions and to make reports in a legible and accurate manner.
    • Ability to work out-of-doors, under adverse weather conditions.
    • Must have some mathematical ability.
    • Must have a high degree of ingenuity, initiative and must be able to exercise good judgment.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
    • Possession of a class “A” wastewater and surface water certificate as issued by the State of Texas.
    Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Work requires a high level of physical effort such as stooping and bending and the lifting of objects up to 50 pounds.
    • Work requires long periods of standing and walking, up to 4 hours continuously and up to 8 hours in a day.
    • Work may require exposure to extremes of weather, particularly heat, and duty conditions.
    • An employee in this position may be required to report to work after hours and on weekends.
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with the job title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • Water Utilities Operator

    TITLE: Water Utilities Operator

    DEPARTMENT: Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary

    This is skilled work in the operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment and facilities.

    An employee in this class is responsible for the operation of pumps and other equipment, taking samples of wastewater flow, reading plant meters, and maintaining the buildings and ground of wastewater treatment plants. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures under the direct supervision of a senior operator. Work is reviewed through inspection and by observing the effectiveness of plant operation through the analysis of shift reports and chemical laboratory tests.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Attends training courses and engages in independent study of wastewater plant operations; takes readings and performs a variety of tests on raw and partially treated sewage and final treated effluent; pumps sludge at prescribed levels; checks digester.
    • Makes operational checks on equipment at the wastewater plant and lift stations; checks and adjusts float controls, starter switches, pumps and motors; keeps all equipment clean, lubricated and painted; removes grease deposits, debris and sand from wet wells; drains and cleans equipment; changes chlorine cylinders as needed and checks supply.
    • Takes samples of wastewater flow and assists in their analysis.
    • Takes samples of potable water for coliform and other analysis.
    • Keeps records and makes shift reports.
    • Performs related work as required.
    • May be required to perform shift work as needed (evening/weekends).
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or GED or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Possession of a class “C” or higher wastewater certificate as issued by the State of Texas.
    • Possession of a class “C” or higher surface water certificate issued by the State of Texas.
    • Some knowledge of the functions and servicing of mechanical equipment and machinery.
    • Must know the process involved in the treatment of raw sewage, including some chemical tests.
    • Ability to inspect machinery and mechanical equipment and to detect flaws and defects in operations.
    • Ability to read meters and charts accurately and to maintain records of shift operations.
    • Ability to understand and follow both written and oral instructions.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
     
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Frequent climbing and descending of stairs.
     
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a post-employment offer drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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