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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  • Equipment Operator II

    TITLE: Equipment Operator II

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employee – MT3

      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
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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