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.

  • Equipment Operator II

    TITLE: Equipment Operator II

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT3

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    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 (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.

  • 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

  • Vacuum Truck Driver/Operator

    TITLE: Vacuum Truck Driver/Operator

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT3

    FLSA STATUS:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

     
    Job Summary
    This employee’s primary responsibility is to drive, operate and perform operator maintenance on the District’s vacuum truck.  Operation of this truck includes pumping out holding tanks, skimming oil spills and transporting sewage and sewer plant sludge to disposal areas or any other duties as assigned. Evening and weekend work are a possibility.  
    Job Responsibilities
    • Operate the District’s vacuum truck which requires a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator’s license to be driven on public roads.
    • Perform operator maintenance on the vacuum truck and monitor the condition of the truck, reporting the need for repairs and maintenance to the District’s vehicle maintenance department.
    • Day-to-day housekeeping at the wastewater treatment plants.
    • Other duties as assigned, to include minor operation and maintenance duties at the District’s various wastewater treatment plants, after proper instruction, including lawn care and other similar duties.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or GED or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Three to five years of commercial driving experience, to include operator maintenance of the vehicle.
    • Should have a good working knowledge of English, both reading and writing.
    • Ability to understand and follow both written and oral instructions.
    • Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of equipment upon the highways.
    • Ability to perform strenuous work in varying weather conditions.
    • Ability to use maintenance tools to perform preventive maintenance and routine repairs to heavy equipment.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish).
    • Welding 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.
     
    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.

  • 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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