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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  • 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.
  • Equipment Operator

    TITLE: Equipment Operator

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employees - MT2

    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.
    • 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 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.

  • 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.
  • Heavy Equipment and Diesel Mechanic

    TITLE: Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanic

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    Job Summary

    Employee in this job should demonstrate attention to detail and have good interpersonal skills. Employee should have proven experience working with heavy and diesel machinery. Employee will be responsible for all aspects of maintenance, and repair of vehicles and diesel-powered heavy equipment (ie: Excavators, Bulldozers, Frontend Loaders, Backhoes, Motor Graders, Skid Steer, Dump Trucks, and other equipment). Duties include running diagnostic tests on equipment, analyzing diagnostic test results, repairing, or replacing engines, steering, transmissions, braking system, lighting system, perform preventive maintenance, test driving to gauge repairs and performance.

    Job Responsibilities

    • Determine condition by conducting inspections and diagnostic tests on diesel engines or heavy equipment and interpreting the results to offer suitable solutions.
    • Repairing equipment systems including suspensions, steering, exhausts systems, electrical systems, and lighting systems.
    • Repairing or replacing equipment transmissions, brakes, engines, and other associated parts.
    • Repairing damaged equipment parts and attachments like blades, pistons, hydraulics and booms.
    • Conduct job site repairs or sudden breakdowns as
    • Complete oil changes, wheel balancing, alignments, and brakes
    • Perform cleaning,   lubricating   and    conduct   scheduled    preventive maintenance on all heavy equipment and vehicles.
    • Maintenance detail service records on all
    • Preparing work plan after fully analyzing the
    • Update job knowledge by participating in educational
    • Perform other duties as assigned or deemed necessary by the

    Minimum Qualifications

     

    Must have a High School Diploma or GED.

    • Training in diesel engine repair from vocational or community college
    • Minimum Two to three years of proven diesel mechanic and construction equipment experience.
    • Training in drive trains, mechanism of a diesel engine, preventive maintenance, electrical systems, inspections.
    • Advance knowledge of diesel
    • Proficiency in use of diesel engine diagnostic
    • Good organizational and communication
    • Proficiency in maintenance tools and repair
    • Excellent problem-solving
    • Bilingual (Write and Speak English / Spanish).
    • Follow safety policies and

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bilingual (write and ready English / Spanish)
    • Degree or diploma in heavy equipment mechanical or diesel
    • NIASE Diesel Certification

    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 requires physical effort such as stooping and bending, and occasional lifting of objects (up to seventy-five pounds).
    • Work requires periods of walking out-of-doors, in dusty locations and in the presence of heavy equipment for periods of up to 8 hours per day.
    • Work occasionally requires driving in an environment that contains heavy equipment in operation, loud noise, and fumes.
    • Work may require extended periods of standing (up to eight continuous hours).
    • Occasional work outside of normal working hours may be
    • Able to work outside in extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain).

    Additional Requirements

    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s
    • 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.

  • 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.
  • Security Guard

    TITLE: Security Guard

    DEPARTMENT: Security/Police Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT1

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