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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  • CAD Operator

    TITLE: CAD Operator

    DEPARTMENT: Engineering Services Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee – CT2

    REPORTS TO: DRAFTER II (Drafting Supervisor)

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary

    An employee of this class is responsible for assisting the Director of Engineering Services, the Manager of Engineering Services, and the Drafting Supervisor in performing engineering and drafting duties related to port activities and projects. This employee will be responsible for assisting and performing topographic surveys and data collection efforts, preparing plans and specifications, cost estimates, assisting in construction inspection, and performing related duties as required.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Perform various drafting duties and preparation of drawings under the supervision and direction of the Drafting Supervisor.
    • Perform engineering inspection and reporting of port projects, including water and wastewater facilities, dock facilities, road and building design, repair and maintenance, survey and construction inspections.
    • Perform construction inspection of infrastructure improvements.
    • Perform and update database files and maps of infrastructure and utilities.
    • Perform scanning and record keeping of existing and new files and drawings.
    • Assist in keeping track of engineering and drafting records and files.
    • Maintain a clean and organized workspace area.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Associate Degree in Engineering, Drafting or related field from an accredited institution, or related equivalent experience.
    • General knowledge of public utilities/engineering and/or construction.
    • General knowledge of topographic surveying for preparation of project layouts, plans and specifications.
    • General knowledge of road, building facilities, water and wastewater utility layout and construction management.
    • Ability to plan, layout and assist in guiding a work program.
    • Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions in construction operations.
    • Skilled in the use of AutoCAD and/or similar drafting software.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, associates, and the public.
     
     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.
    • 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.
     
    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.

  • Cargo Facilities Inspector II

    TITLE: Cargo Facilities Inspector II

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employees - CT3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary

    This employee will be responsible for assessing the conditions of the waterfront facilities before and after docking and stevedoring operations have occurred. In addition, this employee will also observe conditions of the fishing vessels and docks at the Fishing Harbor.  Duties include inspection and oversight of docks, wharves, storage and lease areas for rule enforcement and compliance and issuance of maintenance work orders. 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. 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
    • Assess and report all conditions on docks and warehouses before and after docking and stevedoring operations.
    • Enforce leasing regulations.
    • Observe and report any unsafe conditions at the Fishing Harbor.
    • 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.
    • Responsible for receiving security service calls and dispatching Port police for security services.
    • Other duties as assigned.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED Equivalent.
    • Must be able to write and maintain files on any conditions that were observed.
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to read and write legibly in English.
    • Ability to proficiently use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as various computer programs.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in the making of minor decisions in accordance with rules, policies, and procedures.
    • Ability to maintain and write incident reports and logs of information.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
    • Ability to work well with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to deal courteously with the public and with employees.
    • Ability to type a minimum of 60 words per minute.
    • Clerical experience or/and any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience.
     
     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 25 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Frequent contact with the public. 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.
    • 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)
    • Must be a US Citizen in accordance to 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 to be hired for this position.
    • 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 able to acquire and maintain a TCOLE Telecommunicators License.
    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.

  • Engineering Technician

    TITLE: Engineering Technician

    DEPARTMENT: Engineering Services Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee – CT6

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary

    An employee of this class if responsible for assisting the Director of Engineering Services and the Drafting Supervisor in performing engineering duties related to port activities and projects. This employee will be responsible for assisting and performing topographic surveys and data collection efforts, prepare plans and specifications, cost estimates, assist in construction inspection and perform related duties.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Perform engineering inspection and reporting of port projects, including water and wastewater facilities, dock facilities, environmental reporting, road and building design, repair and maintenance, survey and construction inspections.
    • Perform construction inspection of infrastructure improvements.
    • Perform and update database files on infrastructure and utilities.
    • Perform various drafting duties and preparation of drawings under the supervision and direction of the Drafting Supervisor.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Associate Degree in Engineering, Drafting or related field from an accredited institution, and considerable experience in public utilities/engineering and/or construction.
    • General knowledge of topographic surveying for preparation of project layouts, plans and specifications.
    • General knowledge of road, building facilities, water and wastewater utility layout and construction management.
    • Ability to plan, layout and guide a work program.
    • Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions in construction operations.
    • Skilled in the use of AutoCAD and/or similar drafting software.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates associates and the public.
     
     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.
    • 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.
     
    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.

  • Mobile Harbor Crane Operator I

    TITLE: Mobile Harbor Crane Operator I

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employees - MT5

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary

    This employee operates the mobile harbor crane in the movement of cargo on the public docks of the Port of Brownsville and performs preventative maintenance to the crane.  This crane includes a telescopic spreader bar for handling containers, a dual scoop motor grab, and a polyp-grab with a hydraulic unit.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Duties include the preventive maintenance of the crane. The operation of the crane will necessitate night; weekend and holiday shifts and overtime will be authorized as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or GED equivalent.
    • Must have three to five years of experience in operating a 30 + ton crane.
    • Must have hands-on experience in the use of computerized controls to operate heavy equipment and/or computerized diagnostic for heavy equipment.
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • 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 conditions.
     
     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 sitting, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Ability to climb stairs and ladders in order to get to crane cabin.
    • 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.

  • Police Officer

    TITLE: Police Officer

    DEPARTMENT: Police & Security

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employees - MT5

    FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary

    Under general supervision, performs both routine and skilled work in the police and security department; enforces the law and is responsible to assist Security Officers and for the protection of life and property within the jurisdiction of the District; operates a District vehicle; and performs related duties as assigned.

    Job Responsibilities
    The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by this incumbent.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
    • Ensures the enforcement of and complies with applicable federal laws, state laws including, but not limited to the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, and Port Ordinances/Tariffs.
    • Patrols District property by vehicle or boat, depending upon operational needs, and conducts vehicular and vessel searches, sometimes in conjunction with federal law enforcement agencies.
    • Provides assistance and guidance to Port security guards concerning access control and guard duties.
    • Coordinates activities with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
    • Promptly and appropriately responds to crimes in progress, or dispatched calls; when necessary, engage in detentions and arrests of individuals in a professional manner; conducts interviews and collects evidence when necessary.
    • Investigates crimes, accurately prepares reports and testifies in court when necessary.
    • Communicates effectively with the general public, District employees, tenants, vendors and those who have official business on District property.
    • Takes proper safety precautions when operating vehicles, equipment, materials and weapons.
    • Prepares reports and other correspondence in an accurate and professional manner.
    • Maintains an acceptable level of competence, professionalism and ethical standards both on and off duty.
    • Subject to duty at all times (24-hour basis) and in case of special needs or emergencies.
    • Functions in pre or post-disaster preparedness as an essential employee.
    • Adheres to Port policy and maintains good employee relations.
    • Performs other duties as assigned and or necessary.
    • Employees may be required to: serve on an on-call or stand-by basis; work on assigned shifts, on weekends and work overtime.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent.
    • A current, valid Texas Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.
    • Demonstrated proficiency of the English language; demonstrated proficiency with a personal computer.
    • Ability to complete accurate and concise written reports.
    • Ability to read and understand policies, rules, regulations, instructions, laws and law enforcement literature; must possess working knowledge of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure.
    • Ability to work in a team environment; adept with pistol, shotgun and rifle; must possess self-control, tact, good judgment; be reliable, dependable and maintain a good attendance record.
    • Must have an exemplary driving record.
    • Must be certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer (TCOLE).
    • Separation from a previous law enforcement agency(ies) were under honorable conditions. (If applicable)
    • Successful candidates will be required to undergo a background investigation and must submit the following information:
      • TCOLE Training Records
      • High School Diploma and/or College Transcripts
      • DD214 (If applicable)
      • Texas Driver’s License
     
    Additional Requirements
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    • Selected candidate must also pass a psychological and medical examination as required by TCOLE.
    • This position will require unescorted access to Port facilities regulated by 33CFR1 05.  To gain unescorted access to these facilities, this position requires the employee to be eligible to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) in accordance with 33CFR101 .514 (TWIC Requirement). Disqualifying background criteria for TWIC are provided in 49CFR1 572.
     Preferred Qualifications
    • An Associates in Applied or Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice or related field from an accredited community college or university.
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish); oral proficiency in the English and Spanish language and written proficiency in the English language.
    • Knowledge of TCOLE Rules and Regulations.
    • Experience as a full-time police officer or acceptable equivalent experience.
     
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative and do not include all, 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 possibly vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 3 continuous hours, and occasional lifting of objects up to 25 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of walking and/or sitting.
    • Frequent contact with the public.
    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.

  • Senior Accountant Supervisor

    TITLE: Senior Accountant Supervisor

    DEPARTMENT: Finance and Administration

    CLASSIFICATION: Professional Employee

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    Assists the Director of Finance in overseeing the District’s accounts payable and accounts receivable programs, pension beneficiary payments, pension taxes, monthly pension reporting, transfer checks, credit card statements reconciliations, contract logs, payroll, utility billings, create and follow up on utility workorders and vendor registration and setup. Other duties include performing monthly pension reconciliations, monthly reporting of pension contributions and the preparation of financial statements for the District’s single employer defined benefit plan. Work alongside the Director of Finance to provide information to the District’s external auditors for the annual pension audit, and other duties such as completing pension beneficiary recipients’ verifications.

    Must be able to interpret the District Tariff and departmental policies and practices. High level of independent accounting skills is necessary to maintain financial statements, provide expert professional assistance and support to the Director of Finance, Assistant Director of Finance and District management on related matters; and performs related duties as assigned.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Process the monthly pension beneficiary payments.
    • Process the pension benefit tax payments.
    • Maintains a register of payments made under contracts.
    • Maintain the monthly running bank balance for the pension deposits and disbursements.
    • Reconcile the pension general ledger accounts.
    • Assists the Director of Finance in the monthly reporting of pension contributions & disbursement submitted to the District’s actuaries.
    • Prepares the pension plan’s monthly financial statements.
    • Analyze and process the weekly transfer of funds needed between the District’s accounts.
    • Process the monthly utility billings.
    • Completes the verification of pension beneficiary recipients.
    • Works alongside the Director of Finance and Human Resources Department to process timely pension payments and rollovers.
    • Assists in preparing quarterly and annual reports, such as Forms 941, 945, 1099-R and W-2.
    • Assists the Director of Finance in year-end accounting processes for the District’s pension plan and the District’s operating financial statements.
    • Identify and complete departmental audits of inventory and supplies.
    • Reviews and processes credit card statements for payment.
    • Reviews new vendor registration and setup.
    • Prepares and posts journal entries to the general ledger.
    • Assists in accounts payable and accounts receivable daily tasks.
    • Supervise the Finance department personnel.
    • Maintains files assuring discrete handling of confidential material.
    • Assists in records management for the department, to include assuring that documents are appropriately filed and labeled and presented for destruction on the established Records Retention Schedule.
    • May be called upon to assist in planning, setup and work as special functions of the District some of which may require months of preparation in advance.
    • Performs special projects as requested and other related duties as assigned.
    • May represent the District on professional and community boards and committees.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a closely related field.
    • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in all aspects of accounting and financial statement preparation.
    • Ability to lead and evaluate the work of subordinates.
    • Ability to start and complete projects with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in the making of decisions in accordance with rules, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to understand and implement U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
    • Must be competent in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and must be able to adapt to new technology as needed.
    • Must be well organized, have strong numeric skills and possess strong analytical and reasoning abilities.
    • Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with other employees, vendors, customers and the general public.
    • Must have the ability to work in coordination with other employees on a common project.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • One to three years of supervisor experience
    • Master’s Degree in Accounting or closely related field
    • 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 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.

  • 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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