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.

We are hiring

  • Electrician

    TITLE: Electrician DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT5-MT

    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 or Journeyman 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 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.

  • Foreman

    TITLE: Foreman

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT5

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    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.

  • 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

  • Skilled Craftsman
    TITLE: Skilled Craftsman DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT4 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, HVAC Technician and master welder.   Job Responsibilities
    • Diagnose causes of problems and or/failures in heating/air condition systems for the purpose of identifying equipment and/or systems repair,
    and/or systems replacement needs.
    • Inspects HVAC systems and their components (heating units, exhaust fans, ventilation units, etc.) for the purpose of evaluating condition, identifying necessary repairs, and recommending preventive maintenance.
    • Performs routine and preventive maintenance as needed for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing functioning of HVAC systems.
    • Troubleshoot and repair electrical power and control circuits
    • Troubleshoot and repair motor vehicles and heavy equipment
    • Weld precise metal fabrications from detailed drawings
    • Responds to emergency situations during or after hours for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
    • Other duties as assigned
      Minimum Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Two years formal HVAC 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.
      Preferred Qualifications
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish)
    • Air Conditioning knowledge/Equipment Operator/ Welding Skills
    • 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.
      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.
      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.
  • Waste Water Operator Foreman

    TITLE: Waste Water Operator Foreman

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manuel Technical Employee – MT6

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary

    This position is supervisory over limited construction or maintenance within the waste water operations department.  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.  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, 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.
    • Prepares and submits, or is responsible for the preparation and submittal of, reports to entities having jurisdiction over Port Water & Wastewater facilities, such as TCEQ, as required by permits.
    • Performs related works as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • High School graduate or equivalent.
    • Must have a minimum of eight years of experience in the construction and maintenance of facilities and/or water distribution systems and sewer collection systems; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Possession of a class “B” wastewater certificate as issued by the State of Texas.
    • Possession of a class “C” surface water certificate issued by the State of Texas.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and officers of public jurisdictional entities, such as TCEQ, Coast Guard, etc.
    • Knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment commonly used in water distribution and waste water 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 out-of-doors, 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).
    • Possession of a class “A” wastewater and surface water certificate as issued by the State of Texas.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Wastewater Utilities Supervisor I

    TITLE: Wastewater Utilities Supervisor I

    DEPARTMENT: Engineering Services Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Professional Employee – PG 120

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary This is supervisory work over the more complex and specialized water and wastewater construction and/or maintenance operation.   Work involves the responsibility for planning, coordinating and direct supervision of employees engaged in the construction, maintenance and repair of water and wastewater projects of relatively large scope and complexity.  The employee will supervise all work directly and will frequently be in the field to review assigned projects.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Engineering Services.   Job Responsibilities
    • Assigns crews to work on projects; transfers workers from one project to another as work lead changes.
    • Coordinates the use of available equipment to obtain maximum efficiency.
    • Checks each project for progress and conformance to BND work plans and specifications
    • Makes changes in work plans when indicated.
    • Supervises the construction or maintenance of water and sewer lines and related appurtenances, lift stations, manholes, sidewalks, curbs, streets and drainage facilities and all related general construction associated with water and wastewater installations.
    • Furnishes cost estimates to department head for proposed construction or repair jobs.
    • Keeps labor and material records; prepares budget estimates, time sheets, constructions work orders and requests for project number assignments.
    • Prepares and submits, or is responsible for the preparation and submittal of, reports to entities having jurisdiction over Port Water & Wastewater facilities, such as TCEQ, as required by permits.
    • Performs related work as required.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • High school graduate or GED supplemented by college-level courses in chemistry or related field.
    • Must have a minimum of eight years of experience in the construction and maintenance of facilities and/or water distribution systems and sewer collection systems; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • 3 years supervisory experience.
    • Possession of a class “B” wastewater certificate as issued by the State of Texas.
    • Possession of a class “C” surface water certificate issued by the State of Texas.
    • Eight years’ experience in water, wastewater and general construction practices, four of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.
    • Considerable knowledge of the practices, equipment and materials of public works construction and maintenance.
    • Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions in the public works activities.
    • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates associates and the public.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and officers of public jurisdictional entities, such as TCEQ, Coast Guard, etc.
    • Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.
      Preferred Qualifications
    • A. in Management or related areas
    • Some knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering.
    • Thorough knowledge of port facilities/maintenance.
    • 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.
      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.

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