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 Employee – CT2

    REPORTS TO: DRAFTER II (Drafting Supervisor)

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    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 workspace 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
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Foreman

    TITLE: Foreman

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance Department

    CLASSIFICATION: Manuel 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, 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
    • High School graduate or GED.
    • Must have a minimum of ten 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. Experience in the water distribution system or the waste water collection system of the Port of Brownsville is preferred.
    • 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)
    • Has or can obtain a Waste Water and/or a Surface Water Operator 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.
    • 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 this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

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

  • General Labor

    TITLE: General Labor

    DEPARTMENT: Facilities Maintenance

    CLASSIFICATION: Manuel Technical Employee – MT1

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This is manual labor in the performance of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks that may be of a physically demanding nature. Work involves responsibility for performing manual labor, which may be of a heavy nature. As work experience is gained, employees of this class may be assigned to somewhat more difficult and responsible tasks. Work assignments frequently are detailed, and the work is subject to review while in progress and upon completion.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Perform routine grounds and road right-of-way cleaning and maintenance.
    • Mows grass with power, push-type or small tractor mower.
    • Cuts and hoes weeds
    • Trims and prunes shrubbery and small trees
    • Rakes leaves
    • Edges curbs
    • Sprays ditches for weeds
    • Cleans and maintains garden equipment
    • Loads trash and trimmings on trucks
    • Cleans floors
    • Participates in minor maintenance and cleaning of buildings and grounds. Limited equipment use.
    • Other duties as assigned after proper instruction.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • This is an entry level position, no previous experience is required.
    • Ability to perform repair or construction work.
    • Ability to use the tools used in maintenance and construction.
    • Some knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely with and around mechanized equipment.
    • Ability to perform manual tasks involving physical strength and endurance under variable weather.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Bilingual (English / Spanish)
    • Previous related experience
    • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills
     
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions such as heat, cold, dust, and vehicle exhaust.
    • Medium physical effort including long periods of standing, up to 8 continuous hours and occasional lifting of objects up to 50 lbs.
    • Withstand prolonged periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting.
    • Frequent contact with the public.
     
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

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

  • Information Technology Coordinator

    TITLE: Information Technology Coordinator

    DEPARTMENT: Information Technology

    CLASSIFICATION: PE1 or 119

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE:

    Job Summary
    This position requires excellent organization and prioritizing skills which involve various duties necessary for daily tasks and short notice projects at a fast pace.  Emphasis of the work is organizing and providing maintenance and technical support, hardware or software, to Port video security camera systems. Duties also include providing technical support with computer hardware and software equipment, gathering information, diagnose the users’ needs, conduct research to find correct solutions and confirm that the users’ needs have been met or exceeded for the entire team in order to avoid any interruptions in productivity due to technical issues.  Position reports to Information Technology Supervisor.
    Job Responsibilities
    • Demonstrates and trains employees on the use of computer equipment and software. Must be aware of upgrade and software changes that can directly affect users.
    • Responds to user inquiries concerning systems operation and diagnoses system hardware, software and operator problems and ensures timely follow up solutions for end users.
    • Installation of security video equipment including video equipment software.
    • Responsible for ensuring that a maintenance schedule for repair, cleaning or adjustments of all security video equipment is being completed on a scheduled basis.
    • Responsible for installation of computer hardware and software including operating systems, different user programs, including virus protecting software for local computers and company servers.
    • Responsible for the inventory management of all information systems equipment.
    • Perform component replacement, installation and repair on pcs, laptops, servers and video security equipment.
    • Effectively read and reference technical manual to learn correct settings, critical information and troubleshooting techniques.
    • Communicates with vendors and completes research and requests quotes as needed.
    • Will have to run network or phone cable and set up new connections for users in different areas of the building and all Port Facilities and design connections and layout of new stations for video cameras used for Port Security Surveillance.
    • Responsible to maintaining all aspects of phone system and also responsible to ensure that every employee is set up with phone communication in a timely manner.
    • Responsible for staying current in Information Technology theory and practice through electronic journals, seminars, conferences, professional organizations and discussion groups.
    • Inform management of expected future hardware or software needs and providing the justification for said needs.
    • Operates system to support organization operations and service in the most efficient manner and modifies infrastructure as needed to give maximum support.
    • Oversees the network management, including wide area, local area, and remote access capabilities.
     
     Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field.
    • Minimum of 2 years knowledge and experience with information systems, video camera equipment, hardware and software.
    • A high degree of accuracy in performing duties.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in the making of decisions in accordance with rules, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, delegate duties to other employees as well as follow-up on assignments with minimum of direction.
    • Proficiency in a different array of software and new technology as needed.
    • Ability to deal courteously with the public and with employees in a professional manner.
    • Must have a thorough knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and business English.
    • Knowledge of Voice over IP support, internet support, Microsoft Office support, Windows support, Windows Server, Windows SQL Server, Virtual Servers.
    • Knowledge of installation and maintenance of network security video camera equipment and software.
     
     Preferred Qualifications
    • Proficiency in the English and Spanish languages.
    • Experience with installation and troubleshooting of security video surveillance equipment.
    • Experience with sustaining a departmental budget.
    • Knowledge and experience with Cisco and vSphere.
    • Knowledge of Klein Systems.
     
     Work Conditions & Physical Demands
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Work involves continuous use of computer terminal.
    • Work requires physical effort such as stooping and bending, climbing, and occasional lifting of lightweight objects (up to 50 pounds).
    • Work requires long periods of sitting (up to 2 continuous hours and up to 8 hours in a day).
    • Work requires periods of walking and climbing out-of-doors, in dusty locations and in the presence of heavy equipment for periods of up to 8 hours per day.
    • Employee will be required to climb and work in heights of up to 200 feet at times including working from a man-lift.
    • Work requires driving in an environment that contains heavy equipment in operation.
    • Work may require long periods of standing.
     
    Additional Requirements
    • Valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
    • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for this position.
    The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed.

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

  • Mobile Harbor Crane Operator I

    TITLE: Mobile Harbor Crane Operator I

    DEPARTMENT: Harbormaster Office

    CLASSIFICATION: Manual Technical Employees - MT5

    WAGE/SALARY:

    CLOSING DATE: Until filled

    Job Summary

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

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

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

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