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.

We are hiring

  • Director of Special Projects

    TITLE: Director of Special Projects

    DEPARTMENT: Administration Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Professional Employee – PE3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary

    Responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of special projects to ensure they are carried through from inception to completion.  Has overall responsibility for managing scope, cost and schedule while reporting status updates directly to the Port Director.  Is expected to perform duties with a high degree of independence, initiative and judgment.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Responsible for handling all aspects of special projects at Port of Brownsville including organizing and/or attending meetings with clients.  
    • Responsible for organizing, managing, and conducting research for special projects. 
    • Responsible for producing reports that show status on special projects for the Port Director and be prepared to present those reports to the Board of Commissioners as needed. 
    • Responsible for coordinating with other departments to ensure all aspects of a project are compatible with what a potential client is looking for and what the Port can provide. 
    • Assesses project priorities and objectives and makes action recommendations to the project group. 
    • Responsible for creating a strong rapport with local and state agencies to increase the availability of resources when working on specific projects. 
    • Develops the operating budget for program specific special projects and identifying potential new funding sources. 
    • Coordinates and/or supervises the activities of personnel involved in the development and implementation of special projects. 
    • Alert Port Director to problems related to a special project and offer workable solutions. 
    • Attend selected trade shows/conventions to learn about possible projects that my impact the Port of Brownsville.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree. 
    • Must be available to travel. 
    • Knowledge of large scale construction project planning.
    • General principles of planning process and techniques.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in written form with the general public. 
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel. 
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish). 
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Five to seven years of project management experience. 
    • Knowledge of Logistics Transportation and Distribution. 
    • Knowledge of construction and project permitting. 
    • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people in diverse disciplines.
     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.
    • Work involves near continuous use of computer terminal. 
    • Work requires light physical effort such as stooping and bending, and occasional lifting of lightweight objects (up to 25 pounds). 
    • Work requires long periods of sitting (up to 2 continuous hours and up to 8 hours in a day.
    • Work occasionally requires periods of walking out-of-doors, in dusty locations and in the presence of heavy equipment for periods of up to 6 hours per day. 
    • Work occasionally requires driving in an environment that contains heavy equipment in operation. 
    • Work may require long periods of standing (up to 2 continuous hours and up to 6 hours in a day). 
    • Occasional work outside of normal working hours may be required. 
    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.

  • Dispatcher

    TITLE: Dispatcher

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee – CT3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This is a clerical position in the Harbormaster’s Office. This position requires that the employee gather information from various sources and enter it into a computerized system. This employee has extensive contact with the public to include steamship agents, stevedores, officers of governmental agencies, and other BND employees. This employee must be able to work well with others. There is a high degree of mental and visual attention necessary in the performance of this job.  Shifts are scheduled on a 24-hour basis. Day and night shifts are a possibility.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Uses computer to input and output data.
    • Processes berthing reports spotting orders and cargo information received by the Harbormaster’s Office.
    • Maintains continuous radio monitoring of ship-to-shore and BND’s internal communications.
    • Maintains telephone communications.
    • Maintains the Harbormaster operations and security log.
    • Maintains vessel traffic, logistics board.
    • Utilizes security system to observe port and waterway operations.
    • Communication skills, including the ability to write legibly in English.
    • Ability to proficiently use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as various computer programs.
    • Ability to type at a reasonable rate of speed with accuracy.
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
    • Ability to deal courteously with the public and with employees.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in the making of minor decisions in accordance with rules, policies, and procedures.
    • Ability to self-direct work efforts.
    • Ability to collect and organize data from various and written instructions.
    • Basic arithmetic and report composition skills.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Three to five years of clerical experience or/and any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience.
    • Knowledge of rules, regulations, and policies of Port of Brownsville. Possess a general understanding and familiarity with Port, city, state, and federal laws.
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • 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).
     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.
    • Work involves shift work in an office that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
    • Work involves nearly continuous use of a computer.
    • Work requires long periods of sitting (up to 2 continuous hours and up to 8 hours in a day).
    • In emergency situations, work may require the ability to maintain flexible schedules, including overtime or double shifts.
    Additional Requirements (Some requirements in accordance with House Bill 1851)
    • 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 and pass a psych evaluation/test to be hired for this position.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
    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.

  • 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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