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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  • 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.

  • Director of Communications

    TITLE: Director of Communications

    DEPARTMENT: Communications Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Professional Employee

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    The Director of Communications is responsible for implementing internal and external communications efforts for the Port of Brownsville. Responsible for communicating approved messaging statements and strategies to various mediums and conducting research to support port initiatives.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Directs and oversees organization's communications policies, objectives, and initiatives.
    • Communicate with Port Commissioners and elected officials.
    • Responsible for maintaining the Communications Department’s expenses within budget.
    • Develops communications plans for specific services the Port of Brownsville offers.
    • Reviews changes to the marketplace and industry and adjusts communications strategies accordingly.
    • Attends conferences, workshops or open meetings related to the industry and could potentially land new clients.
    • Works with different industries utilizing services of the Port of Brownsville.
    • Increase public/customer awareness of Port activities.
    • Negotiate and purchase advertising in coordination with the marketing team.
    • Routinely compile cost estimates for promotional and printing items.
    • Reports to the Sr. Director of Marketing & Business Development.
      1. Help to establish a marketing campaign to achieve Port’s marketing objectives.
      2. Produce all Port related promotional materials (i.e. brochures, maps, and ads).
    • Coordinate special events including State of the Port and Customer Appreciation Luncheon.
    • Responsible for writing press releases, reinforcing the branding and image of the Port and develop relations with media while acting as the Port’s primary spokesperson.
    • Responsible for management of the Port of Brownsville website and any other Port of Brownsville social media pages.
    • Coordinate visits with International and U.S. Officials (Private sector or Public/Government sectors).
    • Manages the activities of the Communications Specialist.
    • Performs other duties as assigned or as may be necessary.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Journalism or any other related Public Relations field.
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish).
    • Must have at least five years of corporate or government public relations experience, team supervision and leadership.
    • General principles of planning processes and techniques.
    • Basic knowledge of community organizations and resources.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationship with other employees and the general public.
    • Demonstrate leadership ability and the possession of tact, integrity and common sense.
    • Ability to communicate orally and written form.
    • Sound administrative skills, including computer literacy and commonly used office programs, for example, Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Experience with public speaking and media relations.
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Knowledge of maritime transportation and trade.
    • Knowledge of rules, regulations, and policies of Port of Brownsville.
    • Possess a general understanding and familiarity with maritime activity and Rio Grande Valley Region, state, and federal laws.
     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.
    • While performing duties employee is regularly required to sit, speak, or hear, handle paper, read, use hand to finger movements; occasionally required to stand, walk, reach, stoop, kneel and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
    • Frequent indoor activity and exposure to fluorescent light. Moderate outdoor activity including exposure to South Texas heat and elements.
    • Continuous work as a team member in shared office space, with sensitive and confidential information, with peers, clients, and management.
    • Self-reliance, resourcefulness, communicate effectively with diverse groups and wear appropriate office attire; regular and punctual attendance at the workplace. Frequently drive personal vehicle, work long hours during peak periods, have direct customer contact.
    • Must be available to travel.
    • Occasional overtime, evening and holiday work; work under stress, independently and with overlapping projects; work in a dynamic, multitasked environment and exercise good safety habits. Position is located in Brownsville, Texas.
    • Frequent writing materials, standard office equipment and telephone, including personal computer and network computer system. Occasional: Fax machine and copier
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License with a clear driving record.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and a background check.
      The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required by employees assigned to this job.  

    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.

  • 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.

  • Equipment Operator II

    TITLE: Equipment Operator II

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employees - MT3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary

    Performs various skilled tasks necessary to the maintenance and operations of the District’s heavy equipment. This equipment includes, but is not limited to: front-end loaders, backhoes, maintainers, hydraulic excavators and cranes. Work involves responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the heaviest and largest types of maintenance equipment. This position assumes more responsibility for participating the accumulation of commonly required repair and maintenance parts as well as for the monitory of the heavy equipment sent to outside vendors for repairs.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Participates in the development and implementation for a schedule of preventive maintenance for the District’s heavy equipment.
    • Works in coordination with the District’s facilities maintenance supervisory staff to assure that adequate repair parts are on hand to limit down-time for the heavy equipment to a minimum.
    • Operate the following pieces of heavy equipment: front-end loader, backhoe, maintainer, hydraulic excavator, and/or crane
    • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of heave and light equipment.
    • Performs minor and preventive maintenance on the equipment.
    • Maintains a record of the equipment operations.
    • Assist other personnel in the department whenever necessary.
    • Required to work during emergent situations (i.e. storm, hurricane, etc.)
    • Requires employee to be on stand-by (on call waiting to be engaged to work) when necessary.
    • Must follow all safety rules and regulations.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Valid Commercial Texas Driver’s License (CDL) Class A or B.
    • Five years of hands-on experience in the maintenance and the operation of a wide variety of heavy construction and maintenance equipment
    • Must have considerable knowledge of the subject to perform effectively, with little direct supervision various work situations having deviations and irregularities.
    • Must possess the skill to operate heavy equipment and vehicles.
    • Must be able to perform manual labor in extremes of heat and cold.
    • Must be able to operate equipment safely and efficiently.
    • Sufficient experience normally gained through one to two years employment in the field.
    • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirement of heavy and light equipment.
    • Ability to operate a variety of heavy and light equipment.
    • Ability to use maintenance tools to perform preventive maintenance and routine repairs to heavy equipment.
    • Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of equipment upon the highways.
    • Ability to keep organized records.
     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.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Regularly required to stand; use hands to handle and feel; and reach with hands and arms; employee is frequently required to climb.
    • Occasionally required to balance; stoop; kneel; crouch and crawl; and lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
    • The specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
    • Work involves operating a piece of equipment normally from a sitting position; part of the job does require doing physical labor.
    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.

  • 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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