Careers

Our employees are integral to our mission to help businesses succeed. It takes a team of unified people working together to make our facilities attractive to shippers, carriers and other businesses. Our customer-focused attitude is clearly evident through our people. We invite you to learn more about a career with North Carolina’s Ports.

Download and fill out the North Carolina State Employment Application for all open positions.

Current Opportunities

Yard Operations Technician — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015379

HIRING RANGE: $30,690 – $37,616

GRADE: 15

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Manage, plan, and coordinate job allocations to equipment handlers for container placement and vessel operations.  Work with Yard Operation Specialist, Container Yard Manager, Assistant Container Yard Supervisor, Marine Department, and container staff to effectively assist in planning yard allocations.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Assist yard operations specialist in providing management of the yard including allocation of workloads to available equipment operators.
  • The input and management of yard planning for gate operations in TOS.
  • Perform export close out with steamship companies ensuring all bookings and exports received are accounted for and planned for loading.
  • Work with yard operations specialist in providing empty stack locations to stevedores for vessel loading ensuring accuracy of stacks.
  • Ensure offhire and sale units are segregated from stacks.
  • Ensure that yard locations are correctly input by equipment operators daily.
  • Communicate with cargo coordinators regarding any inventory issues which need to be presented to the steamship companies.
  • Record and forward any TOS issues with M21 to Container Yard Manager and Yard Operation Specialist.
  • Input yard locations and up-date yard locations as needed on the MDTS during vessel discharge.
  • Work with Yard Operations Specialist and Assist Container Yard Supervisor in planning and allocation of empty stacks and export load stacks.
  • Ensure that containers required for segregation by the steamship companies are mapped for segregation to meet their requirements.
  • Tracking booking allocations ahead of vessel schedule to plan yard layout for vessel.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Operational understanding of current terminal operational processes a plus.
  • Ability to identify issues and develop ways to operationally work around problems if issues cannot be resolved immediately.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent communication and hand written skills required.
  • Two years of experience in the transportation and warehousing industry a plus.
  • Must have experience working with computer applications including Microsoft Excel.
  • Must be customer service oriented and follow all safety rules and requirements.
  • Must be able to climb on/off equipment and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


General Cargo Supervisor — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015309

HIRING RANGE: $39,846 – $52,175

GRADE: 18

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Leads and supervises general cargo operations. Responsible for assuring cargo is handled in an efficient, productive, and safe manner in order to satisfy customer requirements and make the best use of equipment, personnel and warehouse storage space available at the Ports Authority.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Supervise employees in general cargo handling operations. Provide leadership in building a team based, goal oriented work force.
  • Prioritize and schedule daily work assignments for personnel in an equitable manner, emphasizing employee development and satisfying the needs of customers.
  • Lead the planning and coordination for complete vessel operations including pre-arrival work, assigning discharge locations for inbound cargoes, cargo consolidations, house checking and labor needs, and documentation including, but not limited to, manifests and overage/shortage/discrepancy reports.  Monitor work of checkers and stevedores to ensure that cargo is properly loaded and/or unloaded during vessel operations.
  • Monitor inventory to ensure that it is accurate and well maintained and that warehouse space is managed effectively.
  • Ensure that cargo is stored and shipped according to customer requirements.
  • Perform physical inventories each quarter and work with Cargo Control Center to reconcile any differences between physical counts and inventory records and investigate discrepancies as required.
  • Ensure that the integrity of all cargo is maintained.
  • Actively participate in the work of the Safety Committee to ensure that personnel are in compliance with all current safety practices and minimize/eliminate personnel and equipment accidents.
  • Ensure communications and reporting with team members and management is accurate and frequent.  Prepare reports and documents related to department activities and operations.
  • Administer overtime distribution in an equitable manner and approve payroll time sheets for personnel on a weekly basis.
  • Administer port policies and procedures as necessary and resolve employee issues within the cargo department. Establish performance requirements and conduct performance evaluations for cargo specialists and equipment operators.
  • Regularly inspect warehouse areas, instructing staff as necessary on routine cleanup requirements.  Ensure personnel maintain clean equipment and work areas.
  • Operate equipment, as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Three years of supervisory experience working in cargo/warehouse operations is preferred.
  • Must be able to perform mathematical calculations pertaining to the loading and storage of cargo.
  • Position requires attention to detail in order to supervise loading and unloading of products.
  • Position requires good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Basic computer skills for word processing, spreadsheets, and email are required.
  • Must be physically able to withstand cold or heat for periods of more than one hour. At times, may be exposed to inclement weather and loud noise from machinery.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to climb ladders on rail cars and buildings.
  • Weekend and holiday work will be required.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to

(910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Equipment Operator III — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015413

HIRING RANGE: $30,690

GRADE: 15

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Perform duties to lift containers onto and off of chassis or flatbeds, stack or un-stack containers in connection with over the road drivers.
  • Operator must also stack and load containers in conjunction with vessel operations.
  • Operate toplift equipment to remove container from chassis and stack in proper location according to mapping instructions.
  • Enter container location data in Terminal Operating System (TOS), via onboard computer, and update as necessary.
  • On import vessels, unload containers from stevedore equipment and stack in the designated yard area. On export vessels, load specific containers onto stevedore equipment according to stevedore directions.
  • Operate lift equipment to match the crane production levels when working vessels (35 – 40 containers per hour). Service trucks as jobs are populated on computer screen.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus two years of experience operating heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to read and identify container numbers and operate large container handling equipment in a safe manner.
  • Customer service, basic computer skills, dependability and punctuality are a must.
  • Overtime, holiday, and weekend work required.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

NC Ports employees may apply at the Human Resource office in Wilmington or Morehead City.  Others may apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) at the Employment Security Commission or via e-mail at jobs@ncports.com.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Project Manager — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015300

HIRING RANGE: $61,428-$76,355

GRADE: 38

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Provide professional engineering and construction project management services for the construction, repair, maintenance, planning, design, and/or procurement of facilities and equipment for the waterfront and landside terminals operated by the NCSPA. Such facilities include warehouses and buildings, roads, wharfs and docks, cargo handling equipment, railroads and bridges, drainage, utilities, parking areas, and any other facilities requiring engineering services.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Coordinate construction related activities with designers and contractors, any outside consultants involved, the State Construction Office, the NCDOT, internal and external customers, and any other organization with a valid interest in ongoing construction projects.
  • Administer design and construction contracts and manage designers and contractors.
  • Assist in preparing contracts for the design and construction of new or modified facilities.
  • Assist in project development scoping with designers.
  • Assure that designers adhere to Owner’s requirements and contractors adhere to designer’s project schedules and contract documents.
  • Inspect work being performed under construction contracts and negotiate construction change orders.
  • Supervise the work of Construction Inspectors.
  • Assist and provide guidance to other engineering technicians assigned to projects under construction.
  • Arrange for independent testing and inspection of materials, if necessary.
  • Assist the Director of Engineering and Maintenance in the selection of project designers, consultants, and contractors.
  • Participate in the design of projects by the NCSPA Engineering Department.  This work includes the preparation of cost estimates, plans, and specifications for the construction of new or modified facilities.
  • Maintain general knowledge of State statutes and procedures governing building and port construction.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

 

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Construction Management from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited college or university, plus five years of relevant construction/project management experience or equivalent education and experience required.
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina or ability to be licensed within 12 months from the date of hire is a plus.
  • Experience with marine terminals and/or commercial ports preferred. Design experience is a plus.
  • Must be able to manage several concurrent projects and follow project through to completion with due regard to project schedules and budgets.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management, and database applications.  Experience with computer-aided design software a plus.
  • Must have communication and interactive skills suitable for both office and construction site environments.
  • Strong communication skills, good technical writing, and excellent math skills are required.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Crane Electrical Supervisor — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015317

HIRING RANGE: TBD

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Under general supervision, plan, assign, supervise, and coordinate the electrical maintenance and repair of crane equipment.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Assign, coordinate, and direct crane electrical maintenance team employees in the performance of their job duties. Assign personnel according to job requirements and each individual’s skills and abilities.
  • Ensure that safety is the top priority.
  • Prioritize all electrical maintenance work to best meet the needs of Port operations.
  • Provide leadership to guide and motivate the department to successfully achieve objectives.  Create a positive work environment.
  • Initiate improvements and optimize cost efficiencies.
  • Reduce corrective maintenance occurrences by enhancing and developing preventative and predictive maintenance programs.
  • Instruct and train departmental employees on the performance of current and new responsibilities, and assist in the expansion of their technical skills.
  • Obtain parts and materials needed for repair and maintenance projects, working closely with our procurement department.
  • Ensure the highest level of customer service is provided to all customers.  Coordinate and communicate with customers to best manage available resources and maintain excellent working relationships.
  • Manage all Crane Electrical Maintenance operations, create corrective and preventative maintenance work orders, input information, and generate reports using the computerized maintenance management system.
  • Cooperate closely with other maintenance and operations supervisors and managers to maintain effective communications and advance the mission of the NCSPA.
  • Perform technical fieldwork as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Associates Degree in Electrical/Electronics Technology or related field, plus four years of electrical experience working with PLC language, 500-Volt AC/DC static converter drives and motor generator sets or equivalent education and experience required.
  • Preferred experence with medium voltage up to 15kV.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet, and email applications.
  • Excellent customer service, as well as written and communication skills required.
  • Must be detailed oriented and be able to adjust priorities as the situation dictates.
  • Leadership experience in setting priorities in a team environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding equipment preventative and corrective maintenance required.
  • Conditions include office, maintenance shop, busy cargo traffic areas, working at heights up to 200 feet, and exposed outside environments with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and hot and cold seasonal weather.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Student Intern — Port of Wilmington (Crane Electrical)

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015314

HIRING RANGE: $12 – $15 / hour (DOE)

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY:

NCSPA is now accepting applications for a Student Intern. The internship will involve support and developmental opportunities in the full spectrum of the Crane Electrical Department. The intern will assist the department in duties to ensure the safe and productive life of electrical drive systems, electronic controls, electro-hydraulic systems, and attachments installed on heavy lift equipment including, but not limited to: Gantry, Container, and Mobile cranes.  Hours and schedule are flexible and will include 15-25 hours per week.

SUMMARY OF BUSINESS:

The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, and breakbulk operations.

North Carolina’s Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in the Piedmont Triad at Greensboro, have the capability and capacity to serve as competitive alternatives to ports in neighboring states. Owned and operated by the Ports Authority, North Carolina’s port system combines modern facilities and abundant capacity with the commitment to excel in service to our customers, without taxpayer subsidy.

NCSPA is focused on the requirements of our customers.  NCSPA Goals include self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, a highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment. The mission of the North Carolina State Ports Authority is to enhance the economy of the State of North Carolina. The Ports Authority will be managed like a business focused on the requirements of our customers. North Carolina’s Ports will be recognized for our self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Applicant must be a current student pursuing coursework in Electronics Technology (or related field).
  • Conditions include working in a maintenance shop, busy cargo traffic areas, and at heights up to 200 feet, with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and adverse weather conditions.

HOW TO APPLY:

Students may apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Crane Operator — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015410

HIRING RANGE: $42,000

GRADE: 17

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform crane lifts and handle various cargoes for vessels that call on the Port of Wilmington.  Operate and maintain cranes and support equipment in a productive and safe manner.  Operate container, gantry, and mobile cranes with associated support equipment, e.g. buckets, hoppers, and rigging gear.  Assist with mechanical repairs and preventive maintenance on crane equipment when needed.  Conduct safety inspections on crane equipment.  Follow all safety rules and procedures to ensure cargo is handled in a safe manner.  Weld and fabricate as required.  Assist crane foreman in record keeping for logbooks, work orders, etc.  Assist other departments and operate equipment as needed, e.g. forklifts, yard trucks in support of operations.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Must be able to tolerate and work at heights of more than 200 feet.
  • Background in diesel mechanical operation a plus. Prior crane operation and crane rigging experience preferred.
  • Must be familiar with crane hand signal code and able to comply with all safety rules and regulations.
  • Must be able to operate all port cranes at an acceptable level for vessel operations within 6 months.
  • Overtime, holidays, and weekend work will be required.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Police Officer — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015315

HIRING RANGE: $30,690 – $34,395

GRADE: 15

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform duties that include controlling access points and patrolling seaport facilities.  Monitor the safety and security of facilities, personnel, and property.  Enforce state and federal laws, as well as port rules and regulations.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Respond and take the appropriate action(s) to resolve emergency calls and unusual situations.
  • Investigate accidents, crimes, and violations of state/federal law and NC Port ordinances/laws to ensure compliance
  • Conduct patrols of the port terminal and vicinity. Check security of facilities and equipment.  Check buildings for fire and security alarm or sprinkler system activation.  Monitor dock/port activities that may include the handling of sensitive cargo.  Identify unsafe activities or conditions and coordinate appropriate corrective actions with the Sergeant.
  • Control and record vehicles and personnel entering and/or leaving the port facility as outlined in the Facility Security Plan (FSP).
  • Check and screen persons, their belongings, and vehicles entering the port facility per the FSP as needed.
  • Weigh inbound and outbound trucks and collect monies for paid weight tickets when necessary.
  • Maintain various logs and records, including but not limited to: vehicle traffic on and off the terminal, weather, ship docking and sailing, unusual occurrences, and security incidents.
  • Monitor facility security and dock/port activities via security camera system. Identify unsafe/ suspicious activities and conditions and coordinate appropriate corrective actions with the Sergeant.
  • Check docks and piers upon docking or sailing of vessels for damage, proper location, and suspicious packages/items. Complete required documentation as appropriate.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • North Carolina Criminal Justice and Training Standards Commission General Certification, including firearms qualifications.
  • Be able to communicate clearly in both oral and written forms.
  • General computer skills and basic knowledge of two-way radio operation.
  • Be physically capable of performing the duties of a law enforcement officer, including physical security screenings of vehicles, persons, and belongings.
  • Requires pursuing a fleeing suspect on foot, climbing through openings and over obstacles, lifting and carrying heavy objects (up to 50 pounds), and subduing resisting and/or attacking persons.
  • Moderate physical effort is required for walking and inspecting port facilities; screening and inspecting vehicles, persons, and their belongings; opening and closing facility gates; and handling personnel problems.
  • Position requires working a rotating shift, including holidays and overtime as required. May be required to be on call 24 hours per day.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled

Future Opportunities

As our business continues to grow, we continue to grow our team of qualified equipment operators, crane operators, and heavy equipment electricians and mechanics.

NC Ports offers full benefits including medical, dental, vision and supplemental insurance. NC Ports also participates in the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System.

If you have knowledge, skills and abilities aligned with operating and/or maintaining heavy equipment and are interested in learning more about these opportunities please email or fax a completed state application and resume to jobs@ncports.com or 910-343-6471.