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 Employees - CT2

    REPORTS TO: DRAFTER II (Drafting Supervisor)

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    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 work space 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 (Some requirements in accordance with House Bill 1851)
    • 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.

  • Dispatcher

    TITLE: Dispatcher

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employees - CT3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    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 graduate 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
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation and pass a psych evaluation/test to be hired for this position.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

    The Port of Brownsville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The Port of Brownsville prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • Electrician

    TITLE: Electrician

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee- MT5 -MT6

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary
    This job requires the use of drawings, wiring diagrams and specifications, a wide variety of precision measuring instruments, and a broad shop knowledge.  The job requires considerable physical effort along with continuous mental or visual effort.  This employee will report to the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Help troubleshoot and repair electrical power systems, control circuits, and camera systems.
    • Help troubleshoot, repair electrical components within our sewer plants.
    • Other duties as assigned included but not limited to different jobs that fall under the maintenance department.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Five to ten years of experience in electrical construction or maintenance.
    • Familiar with electrical codes and best practices.
    • Interpret blueprints, schematics and other diagrams.
    • Ability to use precision electrical and electronic instruments, AC and DC, hand tools, and other tools as assigned with proper instructions, as appropriate to the position being hired
    • Ability to plan and perform unusual and difficult work involving the use of considerable ingenuity, initiative and judgment.
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish)
    • Master Electrician License
     
     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 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 Laborer

    TITLE: General Labor

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT1

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This is manual labor in the performance of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks that may be of a physically demanding nature. Work involves responsibility for performing manual labor, which may be of a heavy nature. As work experience is gained, employees of this class may be assigned to somewhat more difficult and responsible tasks.  Work assignments frequently are detailed, and the work is subject to review while in progress and upon completion.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Perform routine grounds and road right-of-way cleaning and maintenance
    • Mows grass with power, push-type or small tractor mower
    • Cuts and hoes weeds
    • Trims and prunes shrubbery and small trees
    • Rakes leaves
    • Edges curbs
    • Sprays ditches for weeds
    • Cleans and maintains garden equipment
    • Loads trash and trimmings on trucks
    • Cleans floors
    • Participates in minor maintenance and cleaning of buildings and grounds. Limited equipment use.
    • Other duties as assigned after proper instruction.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    This is an entry-level position, no previous experience is required.
    • Ability to perform repair or construction work.
    • Ability to use the tools used in maintenance and construction.
    • Some knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely with and around mechanized equipment.
    • Ability to 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 (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 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 and Security

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT5

    FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt

    CLOSING DATE:

     
    Job Summary
    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
    • 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
    • Prepares reports and other correspondence in an accurate and professional
    • 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
    • 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; 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(s) 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 listed duties and responsibilities are some, but not all that this position may require from time to time.

    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 – MT2

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    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 (Some requirements in accordance with House Bill 1851)
    • 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

  • Water Utilities Operator

    TITLE: Water Utilities Operator

    DEPARTMENT: Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee

    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.
     
    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.
     
    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.
          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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