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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Current Opportunities

Engineering 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


IT Support & Administration Analyst — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015282

HIRING RANGE: $40,000 – $45,000

GRADE: 34

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

The IT Support & Administration Analyst will provide front line IT support services and administrative support to the NC Ports IT team.  Act as the IT team’s first line of communication and customer service.  Responsible for receiving, recording and managing IT support issues.  Maintain support contracts, conduct It procurement coordination and vendor management.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Receive, record and act on in-coming IT support inquires
  • Escalate reported IT issues to 2nd and 3rd level support resources
  • Manage IT maintenance contracts – produce requisitions
  • Develop and maintain service levels
  • Develop and maintain performance reports and key metrics
  • Provide administrative support for the IT department
  • All other duties as assigned by management

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Associate’s degree in IT or related field, however, a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in systems/networking administration in a distributed computing environment including PC’s, Servers, Printers, LAN/WAN communications and TCP/IP protocol.
  • Although not required, MCSA/MCSE is preferred.
  • Proficient in installing, configuring and supporting Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003 and XP.
  • Strong analytical skills for operating and technical assessment, diagnosis, and correction.
  • Innovative, forward thinker.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to challenge current methods and practices to discover process improvement opportunities.
  • Willingness to be fully accountable to key metrics and operational goals relevant to the business and the responsibilities of the position.
  • Willingness to work hours as needed to get the job done.
  • Ability to manage complex internal situations as well as those of customers and vendors.
  • Very high ethical standards and professional conduct.
  • 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


Executive Administrative Assistant — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015266

HIRING RANGE: $39,846 – $56,063 DOE

GRADE: 18

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

The North Carolina State Ports Authority is searching for a top level Executive Administrative Assistant to support the Executive Director.  The ideal candidate will be suited to operating and supporting in a fast paced, dynamic, and progressive business environment.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate a proven track record of supporting executive teams in demanding, high pressure organizations.  He/she will be recognized by their professional references as the executive resource that no one team member can operate without.  The Executive Administrative Assistant is the go-to person, a first point of contact at the executive level for technological and administrative support.

Please review the description and KSAs below to determine if you meet each requirement.  If not, please do not apply to this specific job competition.  Instead, please take a moment to subscribe to our job notification system to learn about future opportunities best suited to your specific skills and qualifications.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Maintain the executive appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel with careful management of appointment and meeting conflicts/priorities.
  • Arrange travel for the Executive Director, senior staff, and Board members (domestic and international).
  • Act as a liaison between the Senior Management Team and Executive Director.
  • Field phone calls, take requests for meetings, and coordinate various aspects of interdepartmental meetings as necessary.
  • Prepare for and attend all NCSPA Board meetings and serve as liaison between the executive office and Board members.
  • Responsible for completing detailed Board of Director meeting minutes as well as Board Committee meeting minutes.
  • Produce information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics.
  • Provide historical reference by developing and utilizing filing and retrieval systems and recorded meeting discussions.
  • Arrange luncheons, receptions, dinner meetings, hotel reservations, and social functions.
  • Maintain office supply inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies, evaluating new office products, and placing and expediting orders for supplies via Purchasing and verifying receipts.
  • Exercise independent judgment and great discretion regarding confidential matters.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Minimal intra-state travel as required.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Associates Degree in office administration or equivalent, with 5-plus years of specific executive administrative assistant experience.
  • Must be highly proficient in the use of business software, such as: MS Office word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, audiovisual equipment, internet, office equipment, programmable telephone systems, and email applications.
  • Must be highly organized, detailed oriented, and comfortable in a multitasking environment and able to adjust priorities as the situation dictates.
  • Notary Public credential is beneficial.
  • Excellent customer service, and oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Must maintain a positive professional image and be sensitive to confidential information.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • 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


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


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

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.