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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Foreman
    TITLE: Foreman DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance Department CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee-MT5 Job Summary This position is supervisory over limited construction or maintenance operations.  An employee in this class is responsible for supervising and participating in public works and public utilities of a small scope and repetitious in nature.  Supervision may be exercised over equipment operators as well as a small group of skilled and/or semi-skilled workers.  Duties include laying out work and maintaining work schedules, but the necessity for giving technical instructions is not usually involved because of the nature of the work.  Work is received in the form of specific assignments through frequent conferences with a supervisor and is inspected occasionally while in progress and upon completion for quality and quantity of work accomplished.   Job Responsibilities
    • Supervises the work of skilled and semi-skilled workers and equipment operators in the maintenance of water distribution lines, sanitary sewer collection lines, grounds, docks, patio construction, and other facilities.
    • Discusses job requirements with and receives detailed instructions from supervisor.
    • Keeps work, time and material records and prepares progress reports.
    • Prepares purchase requisitions and material requisitions for necessary equipment and materials.
    • Performs related works as required.
      Minimum Qualifications
    • Associates degree or a minimum of ten years of experience in road construction, construction and maintenance of facilities and/or water distribution systems and sewer collection systems; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of Topcon Laser Systems.
    • Knowledge of the materials, building construction methods, road construction methods, and equipment commonly used in water distribution and wastewater collection systems and/or general facilities maintenance.
    • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.
    • Ability to layout, direct and supervise the work of subordinates.
    • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions and to make reports in a legible and accurate manner.
    • Ability to work outdoors, under adverse weather conditions.
    • Must have some mathematical ability.
    • Must have a high degree of ingenuity, initiative and must be able to exercise good judgment.
    • 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 requires a high level of physical effort such as stooping and bending and the lifting of objects up to 50 pounds.
    • Work requires long periods of standing and walking, up to 4 hours continuously and up to 8 hours in a day.
    • Work may require exposure to extremes of weather, particularly heat, and duty conditions
    • An employee in this position may be required to report to work after hours and on weekends.
      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.
  • 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.

  • Wastewater Utilities Operator

    TITLE: Wastewater 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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