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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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  • Administrative Services Clerk

    TITLE: Administrative Services Clerk

    DEPARTMENT: Administrative Services Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee-CT3

    WAGE/SALARY: Non-Exempt

    Job Summary Under the direction of the Director of Administrative Services, this employee is responsible for implementing and enhancing the Brownsville Navigation District’s (BND) (d/b/a the Port of Brownsville) departmental document management programs, both to ensure compliance with all legal requirements and to provide staff with effective, easy-to-use processes for maintaining and retrieving information vital to BND objectives and operations. The incumbent also provides assistance to the Director of Administrative Services in their duties, which include risk and asset management, election administration, license and permit administration, public information responses, salvage disposition and policy development and maintenance. 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. Job Responsibilities Records Management
    • Participates in developing and implementing BND document management and records retention programs, systems and procedures.
    • Plans, organizes, implements, and maintains departmental document management and control programs, methods, practices and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and sound professional guidelines of practice.
    • Promotes standardized BND-wide naming methodologies, numbering systems and filing protocols.
    • Participates in developing procedures for managing electronic records including the overseeing the implementation of BND’s electronic document management system and the scanning of all BND records.
    • Creates and generates document control forms and reports.
    • Supervises the maintenance of centralized BND files.
    • Administers the BND-wide destruction of records in accordance with the records retention schedule including the preparation of Certificates of Destruction, working with all departments in the purging of files and coordination of the timely destruction of records.
    Risk and Asset Management
    • Assist department director with property and liability insurance documentation, including maintenance of documents and tickler systems for certificate of insurances.
    • Assist the Maintenance department with the process of Port vehicle titles, registrations and vehicle recall notifications.
    Election Administration
    • Assist the department director with the administration of BND elections, to include providing assistance to candidates in the filing of their required forms.
    Licenses and Permits
    • Assist with the maintenance of documents and tickler systems for the license and permit programs.
    • Serve as a backup for the sale of Overweight and Daily Entry Permits.
    Public Information
    • Assist with internal record requests, interfacing and coordinating as required with the Public Information Officer and the Executive Management Team.
    • Assist the Public Information Officer with requests for public information documents.
    • Research of complex and unusual inquiries for District staff or as requested by outside agencies.
    Salvage Disposition
    • Assist the department director with the preparation and cataloging of surplus, salvage, and unclaimed property in preparation for its disposition.
    Policy Development and Maintenance
    • Assist the department director in policy development and maintenance, including performing research and preparation for policy presentations.
    General Clerical Duties
    • Notarize District documents as required.
    • Serve as assistance/backup to Executive Administrative Assistant.
    • Assist in the preparation of the agendas and packets for the Board of Commissioners’ meetings.
    • Maintain the inventory of supplies for the Permit Building and oversee the ordering of supplies as needed.
    • Perform related work as required.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish); oral and written proficiency in the Spanish language.
    • Three to five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in a position of office administration with experience in the development and maintenance of comprehensive document and records management programs and systems.
    • Intermediate PC skills.
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Business Technology, Public Administration, or a closely related field.
    • Experience in records management in a public agency setting
    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 continuous use of a PC.
    • 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
    • Must possess a 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 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

  • Contracts & Purchasing Coordinator

    TITLE: Contracts & Purchasing Coordinator

    DEPARTMENT: Finance

    CLASSIFICATION: Salary PG123

    Job Summary

    The Procurement Administrator collaborates closely with all other departments of the district to manage ongoing procurement and contracts administration. The job duties include a variety of procurement and contract processes and activities. This position provides leadership to plan, solicit, and evaluate proposals and bids, including coordination to determine the appropriate procurement process (i.e., IFB, RFP, RFQ, etc.). This position also develops, implements, and ensures compliance with all applicable laws, guidelines, purchasing policies and procedures; conducts contract negotiation, monitors contract expenditures as well as develops and maintains sources of supply and services. This position reports to the Director of Finance and works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

    Provides assistance to the Director of Finance by giving direction to departments with purchases while ensuring that the proper steps have been taken according to the amount of the expense to abide by the Port of Brownsville’s Procurement Policies and applicable state laws.

    Job Responsibilities

    • Prepares quotes, evaluates material and services, file management, invoice issue resolution, and audit support.
    • Prepares and reviews detailed specifications for bids and proposals, tabulate and analyze data, recommend award, and assists with establishing agreements for commodities or services.
    • Drafts and reviews procurement contracts.
    • Manages the process of purchasing contract terminations, expirations, extensions and renewals.
    • Verifies that all processes are in compliance and documented according to the Port of Brownsville Procurement Policy and applicable state laws.
    • Assist departments with processing and preparing purchase orders for goods and services.
    • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of purchasing goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for the district.
    • Monitors department requisitions, purchase orders, and expenditures to ensure all purchasing is conducted in compliance with District and State approved policies and procedures.
    • Prepare and conduct public competitive bidding processes including RFQ, RFP, IFB, etc. Responsible for all publication of newspaper advertisement, sign-in sheets, tabulation, award letters, attend pre-bid conferences, and bid openings.
    • Prepares and reviews tabulation of bids or proposals received through public competitive processes.
    • Provide education and training to the departments to ensure effective purchasing practices and interaction with the vendors.
    • Exercise purchasing knowledge and tact dealing with departments and outside vendors for the purpose of procuring goods and services.
    • Generates correspondence regarding procurement issues between the port and vendors.
    • Prepares reports for the Director of Finance for use toward budgetary preparedness.
    • Management of all credit card related transactions including but not limited to the maintenance of a cardholder list.
    • Maintains files and accurate records of purchases.
    • Performs other duties as assigned and or necessary.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • High School Diploma or equivalent GED.
    • Three to five years of experience in purchasing department or purchasing position role for an organization.
    • Must be competent in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and must be able to adapt to new technology as needed.
    • Work independently with little direction.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or any other Business or Accounting related degree.
    • Biliterate (English/Spanish)
    • Experience with public/governmental procurement processes and applicable state 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.
    • Work involves new continuous use of a computer terminal.
    • Work requires light physical effort such as stooping and bending, and occasional lifting of lightweight objects (up to 25 pounds).
    • Work requires extended 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 extended 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 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 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.
  • Dispatcher

    TITLE: Dispatcher

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee – CT3

    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 the 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.
  • Drafter/CAD Operator

    TITLE: Drafter/CAD Operator

    DEPARTMENT: Engineering Services Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employee – CT2

    REPORTS TO: DRAFTER II (Drafting Supervisor)   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, assisting with 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 recordkeeping 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 equivalent related experience, with knowledge of mathematics, algebra and trigonometry.
    • 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 with supervision
    • 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 Driver’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 – MT1

      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 perform manual tasks involving physical strength and endurance under variable weather.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
      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 the 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.
  • Information Technology Technician

    TITLE: Information Technology Technician

    DEPARTMENT: Information Technology

    CLASSIFICATION: CT5

      Job Summary This position requires excellent organization and prioritizing skills which involve various duties necessary for daily tasks and short notice projects at a fast pace.  Emphasis of the work is assisting in providing maintenance and technical support, hardware or software, to Port video security camera systems. Duties also include assisting in providing technical support with computer hardware and software equipment, gathering information, diagnose the users’ needs, conduct research to find correct solutions and confirm that the users’ needs have been met or exceeded for the entire team in order to avoid any interruptions in productivity due to technical issues.  Position reports to Information Technology Supervisor.   Job Responsibilities
    • Demonstrates and trains employees on the use of computer equipment and software. Must be aware of upgrade and software changes that can directly affect users.
    • Responds to user inquiries concerning systems operation and diagnoses system hardware, software and operator problems and ensures timely follow up solutions for end users.
    • Installation of security video equipment including video equipment software indoors and outdoors.
    • Responsible for executing a maintenance schedule for repair, cleaning or adjustments of all security video equipment that is stationed throughout the Port.
    • Assist in installation of computer hardware and software including operating systems, different user programs including virus protecting software for local computers and company servers.
    • Perform component replacement, installation and repair on pcs, laptops, servers, and video security equipment.
    • Effectively read and reference technical manual to learn correct settings, critical information and troubleshooting techniques.
    • Assist in communications with vendors and completes research and requests quotes as needed.
    • Will have to run network or phone cable and set up new connections for users in different areas of the building and all Port Facilities and help design connections and layout of new stations for video cameras used for Port Security Surveillance.
    • Assist in maintaining all aspects of phone system and also in setting up employees with phone communication in a timely manner.
    • Assists in operating system to support organization operations and service in the most efficient manner and modifies infrastructure as needed to give maximum support.
    • Assist with network management, including wide area, local area, and remote access capabilities.
        Minimum Qualifications
    • Associates Degree (or equivalent experience and a high school diploma) in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field.
    • 2-3 years of knowledge and experience with information systems, video security hardware and software.
    • A high degree of accuracy in performing duties.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in the making of decisions in accordance with rules, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and complete assignments within allotted deadlines.
    • Proficiency in a different array of software and new technology as needed.
    • Ability to deal courteously with the public and with employees in a professional manner.
    • Must have a thorough knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and business English.
    • Knowledge of Voice over IP support, internet support, Microsoft Office support, Windows support, Windows Server, Windows SQL Server, Virtual Servers.
    • Knowledge of installation and maintenance of network security video camera equipment and software.
        Preferred Qualifications
    • Proficiency in the English and Spanish languages.
    • Experience with installation and troubleshooting of security video surveillance equipment.
    • Knowledge and experience with Cisco and vSphere.
    • Knowledge of Klein Systems.
            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 continuous use of computer terminal
    • Work requires physical effort such as stooping and bending, climbing, and occasional lifting of lightweight objects (up to 50 pounds)
    • Work requires long periods of sitting (up to 2 continuous hours and up to 8 hours in a day)
    • Work requires periods of walking and climbing out doors, in dusty locations and in the presence of heavy equipment for periods of up to 8 hours per day or more.
    • Employee will be required to climb and work in heights of up to 200 feet at times including working from a man-lift.
    • Work requires driving in an environment that contains heavy equipment in operation
    • Work may require long periods of standing
      Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (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

    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 the 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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