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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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  • Cargo Facilities Inspector II

    TITLE: Cargo Facilities Inspector II

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Clerical Technical Employees - CT3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary

    This employee will be responsible for assessing the conditions of the waterfront facilities before and after docking and stevedoring operations have occurred. In addition, this employee will also observe conditions of the fishing vessels and docks at the Fishing Harbor.  Duties include inspection and oversight of docks, wharves, storage and lease areas for rule enforcement and compliance and issuance of maintenance work orders. This position requires that the employee gather information from various sources and enter it into a computerized system.  This employee has extensive contact with the public to include steamship agents, stevedores, officers of governmental agencies, and other BND employees. There is a high degree of mental and visual attention necessary in the performance of this job. Shifts are scheduled on a 24-hour basis. Day and night shifts are a possibility.

    Job Responsibilities
    • Assess and report all conditions on docks and warehouses before and after docking and stevedoring operations.
    • Enforce leasing regulations.
    • Observe and report any unsafe conditions at the Fishing Harbor.
    • Processes berthing reports spotting orders and cargo information received by the Harbormaster’s Office.
    • Maintains continuous radio monitoring of ship-to-shore and BND’s internal communications.
    • Maintains telephone communications.
    • Maintains the Harbormaster operations and security log.
    • Maintains vessel traffic, logistics board.
    • Utilizes security system to observe port and waterway operations.
    • Responsible for receiving security service calls and dispatching Port police for security services.
    • Other duties as assigned.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED Equivalent.
    • Must be able to write and maintain files on any conditions that were observed.
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to read and write legibly in English.
    • Ability to proficiently use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as various computer programs.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in the making of minor decisions in accordance with rules, policies, and procedures.
    • Ability to maintain and write incident reports and logs of information.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
    • Ability to work well with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to deal courteously with the public and with employees.
    • Ability to type a minimum of 60 words per minute.
    • Clerical experience or/and any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
     
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 25 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Frequent contact with the public. Work involves shift work in an office that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
    • Work involves nearly continuous use of a computer.
    • In emergency situations, work may require the ability to maintain flexible schedules, including overtime or double shifts.
     
    Additional Requirements (Some requirements in accordance with House Bill 1851)
    • Must be a US Citizen in accordance to House bill 1851
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation and pass a psych evaluation/test to be hired for this position.
    • Must be able to acquire and maintain a TCOLE Telecommunicators License.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

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

  • General Labor

    TITLE: General Labor

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manuel 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
    • 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.

  • Information Technology Coordinator

    TITLE: Information Technology Coordinator

    DEPARTMENT: Information Technology

    CLASSIFICATION: PE1 or 119

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    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 organizing and providing maintenance and technical support, hardware or software, to Port video security camera systems. Duties also include 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.
    • Responsible for ensuring that a maintenance schedule for repair, cleaning or adjustments of all security video equipment is being completed on a scheduled basis.
    • Responsible for installation of computer hardware and software including operating systems, different user programs, including virus protecting software for local computers and company servers.
    • Responsible for the inventory management of all information systems equipment.
    • 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.
    • Communicates 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 design connections and layout of new stations for video cameras used for Port Security Surveillance.
    • Responsible to maintaining all aspects of phone system and also responsible to ensure that every employee is set up with phone communication in a timely manner.
    • Responsible for staying current in Information Technology theory and practice through electronic journals, seminars, conferences, professional organizations and discussion groups.
    • Inform management of expected future hardware or software needs and providing the justification for said needs.
    • Operates system to support organization operations and service in the most efficient manner and modifies infrastructure as needed to give maximum support.
    • Oversees the network management, including wide area, local area, and remote access capabilities.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field.
    • Minimum of 2 years knowledge and experience with information systems, video camera equipment, 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, meet critical deadlines, delegate duties to other employees as well as follow-up on assignments with minimum of direction.
    • 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.
    • Experience with sustaining a departmental budget.
    • 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-of-doors, in dusty locations and in the presence of heavy equipment for periods of up to 8 hours per day.
    • 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 possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

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

  • Mobile Harbor Crane Operator I

    TITLE: Mobile Harbor Crane Operator I

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employees - MT5

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary

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

    Job Responsibilities
    • Duties include the preventive maintenance of the crane. The operation of the crane will necessitate night; weekend and holiday shifts and overtime will be authorized as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or GED equivalent.
    • Must have three to five years of experience in operating a 30 + ton crane.
    • Must have hands-on experience in the use of computerized controls to operate heavy equipment and/or computerized diagnostic for heavy equipment.
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
    • Ability to perform manual tasks involving physical strength and endurance under variable weather conditions.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
     
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of sitting, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Ability to climb stairs and ladders in order to get to crane cabin.
    • Frequent contact with the public.
     
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

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

  • Police Officer

    TITLE: Police Officer

    DEPARTMENT: Police & Security

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT5

    FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    Under general supervision, performs both routine and skilled work in the police and security department; enforces the law and is responsible to assist Security Officers and for the protection of life and property within the jurisdiction of the District; operates a District vehicle; and performs related duties as assigned.
    Job Responsibilities
    The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by this incumbent.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
    • Ensures the enforcement of and complies with applicable federal laws, state laws including, but not limited to the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, and Port Ordinances/Tariffs.
    • Patrols District property by vehicle or boat, depending upon operational needs, and conducts vehicular and vessel searches, sometimes in conjunction with federal law enforcement agencies.
    • Provides assistance and guidance to Port security guards concerning access control and guard duties.
    • Coordinates activities with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
    • Promptly and appropriately responds to crimes in progress, or dispatched calls; when necessary, engage in detentions and arrests of individuals in a professional manner; conducts interviews and collects evidence when necessary.
    • Investigates crimes, accurately prepares reports and testifies in court when necessary.
    • Communicates effectively with the general public, District employees, tenants, vendors and those who have official business on District property.
    • Takes proper safety precautions when operating vehicles, equipment, materials and
    • 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 emergencies.
    • Functions in pre or post-disaster preparedness as an essential employee.
    • Adheres to Port policy and maintains good employee relations.
    • Performs other duties as assigned and or necessary.
    • Employees may be required to: serve on an on-call or stand-by basis; work on assigned shifts, on weekends and work overtime.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent.
    • A current, valid Texas Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.
    • Demonstrated proficiency of the English language; demonstrated proficiency with a personal computer.
    • Ability to complete accurate and concise written reports.
    • Ability to read and understand policies, rules, regulations, instructions, laws and law enforcement literature; must possess working knowledge of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure.
    • Ability to work in a team environment; adept with pistol; 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 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 – MT2

     
    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
    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.
    • 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.
     
    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.
     
    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.
          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.

  • Skilled Craftsman

    TITLE: Skilled Craftsman

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT4

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This job requires the use of complicated 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.  Careless performance of these duties may cause lost time accidents to others as well as to this employee.  This employee is often responsible for directing the work of one helper.  Common titles in the general workplace for employees in this classification might be master mechanic, master electrician, master builder, and master welder.

     

    Job Responsibilities
    The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by this incumbent.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
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    • Troubleshoot and repair electrical power and control circuits
    • Troubleshoot and repair motor vehicles and heavy equipment
    • Weld precise metal fabrications from detailed drawings
    • Other duties as assigned
     
    Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Two years formal trades training or equivalent experience and/or certification
    • Three years’ experience in electrical construction or maintenance.
    • Ability to use precision electrical and electronic instruments, AC and DC welding equipment, 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 operate heavy equipment when needed (motor grader, backhoe, loader, excavator).
    • Ability to understand and follow oral and written direction.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
     
    Additional Requirements
    • 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)
    • Air Conditioning knowledge
    • Valid Texas Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
     
    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.
     

    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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