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.

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Police Officer — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015316

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:

NCSPA employees may apply at the Human Resources 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


Operations Chief — Port of Morehead City

 JOB NUMBER: NCP65015304

HIRING RANGE: $56,394-$66,691

GRADE: 35

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Assist in managing daily execution of General Terminal operations.  Supervise cargo handling operations and coordinate related support requirements for the Port of Morehead City to assure port operations are managed in an efficient, productive, and safe manner to satisfy customer requirements while making the best use of equipment, personnel, and warehouse/open storage space available at the Ports Authority.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Assist the Port Operations Manager in planning, coordination, and daily execution of General Terminal operations.
  • Assist in managing vessel operations including pre-arrival work, assigning discharge locations for inbound or outbound cargoes, cargo backhauls, house checking labor needs, and documentation including but not limited to manifests and outturn reports.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute the safety and training program for General Terminal Operations.
  • Work with the Safety Director to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place to develop a culture that will prevent workplace accidents and comply with safety and security regulations.
  • Develop and implement an equipment maintenance and sustainment plan.
  • Supervise cargo handling operations. Provide leadership to build a team-based, goal-oriented work force.
  • Coordinate crew schedule(s) and work assignments as necessary.
  • Provide information to various support staff on specific work orders, house checking hours, recouping, and various other jobs for billing purposes, as required.
  • Perform physical inventories and investigate discrepancies, as required.
  • Ensure efficient facility and equipment operation, maintenance, and housekeeping.
  • Administer port policies and procedures and resolve employee issues.
  • Identify and implement programs and initiatives that drive continuous improvement, cost effectiveness, and efficient utilization of resources.
  • Actively participate in the annual budgeting process for operational and capital needs; perform monthly review of departmental expenses and provide justifications for costs exceeding budget expectations.
  • All other duties as assigned by management

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Associate’s degree in Business Management or related field with two years’ cargo handling and port operations experience, or equivalent education and experience is required.
  • Prior supervisory and management experience required.
  • 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 verbal communication skills.
  • Must be detailed oriented and comfortable in a multitasking environment and able to adjust priorities as the situation dictates.
  • Experience managing personnel and equipment sets are a must, specifically with the ability to develop and oversee an equipment sustainment plan.
  • Must be physically able to withstand extreme cold or extreme heat for periods of more than one hour. May be exposed to inclement weather, loud noise from machinery, close proximity to machinery in operation, and fumes/odors from products that are handled at the port.
  • Must be able to alternate between periods of prolonged sitting and standing.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to climb ladders on rail cars and buildings.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

NC Port 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


Crane Electrician — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015450, 65015451

HIRING RANGE: $52,00 – $54,080

GRADE: 18

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform 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. Perform scheduled preventive maintenance and methodical troubleshooting in a manner in which minimizes downtime. Construct, maintain, and test associated system components and controls.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan, execute, and accomplish assigned tasks with a wide degree of latitude.
  • Maintain and repair 500-volt AC/DC systems, AC/DC conversion drives, electrical schematics/ blueprints, and diesel electric power plants.
  • Analyzes crane electrical drive malfunctions and diagnoses the cause or causes therein.
  • Perform and update preventive maintenance logs and interface with supervision for scheduling.
  • Service and repair the following: crane lighting, shore power systems, DC electrical drives and associated motor/ generator units, motor controls, electronic weighing systems, wind monitoring systems, electric braking, and electro-hydraulic systems.
  • Utilize various testing / troubleshooting equipment including, but not limited to: Volt/Ohm meter, megomhmeter, amp meter, infrared temperature sensing, and oscilloscope.
  • Operate shop equipment such as power tools, drill press, forklifts, man lifts, etc.
  • Maintain an electrical library for easy reference to crane electrical schematics and electrical resources, and ensure that accurate and legible prints are readily accessible aboard each crane.
  • Maintain a troubleshooting log that defines electrical problems and the necessary steps and materials required for immediate correction.
  • Conduct live power checks on 500-volt circuits.

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.
  • Must be able to perform basic computer functions and be able to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms.
  • Ongoing training to stay current on the latest technologies will be required.
  • Conditions include working in maintenance shop, busy cargo traffic areas, and working at heights up to 200 feet, with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to safely access all areas and parts of large heavy equipment by means of vertical long run ladders, confined spaces, and waterside structures.
  • Must be able to effectively use all PPE equipment and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bending consistently, and working in awkward body positions is required.
  • Must pass a post-offer pre-employment physical examination.
  • Overtime, holidays, and weekend work will be required.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

NCSPA employees may apply at the Human Resources 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


Equipment Operator III — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015311, 65015417, 65015487, 65015488

HIRING RANGE: $30,690 – $37,616

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:

NCSPA employees may apply at the Human Resources 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