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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Crane Operator (4) — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015410, 65015425, 65015437, 65018893

HIRING RANGE: TBD

GRADE: 17

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Operate and maintain cranes and support equipment in a productive and safe manner. Perform crane lifts and handle various cargoes for vessels that call on the Port of Wilmington.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • 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.
  • Clean crane department tools, equipment, and work area.
  • Follow all safety rules and procedures to ensure cargo is handled in a safe manner.
  • Complete work orders and document work completed.
  • Assist with welding and fabricating as required.
  • Read and clearly understand instruction manuals for crane equipment.
  • 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.  Must be able to respond easily to verbal and written instructions.
  • Background in diesel mechanical operation a plus. Prior crane operation and crane rigging experience preferred.
  • Must be familiar with crane hand signal code and must 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.
  • Position requires shift work, overtime and a variable work schedule to include weekends and holidays.
  • 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


Maintenance Mechanic — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015297

HIRING RANGE: $36,163 – $43,657

GRADE: 17

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform duties to maintain, repair, and upgrade equipment, vehicles, and machines used by Port employees; and support Port operations as needed.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Work under the direction of designated supervisor in a cooperative flexible team environment.
  • Encourage and follow safe work practices and safety policies and regulations.
  • Equipment and vehicles to be maintained and operated include but are not limited to: container handlers, lift trucks, automotive and truck vehicles, construction equipment, utility carts, material handling attachments, and all other Port equipment, vehicles, and machinery.  Maintenance work is performed inside buildings and outside in the field.
  • Monitor and inspect equipment for proper function and safe operation.
  • Analyze equipment malfunctions and diagnose mechanical failures and problems.
  • Determine parts, materials, tools, methods, and services needed for project work.
  • Clean and disassemble equipment and components.
  • Conduct scheduled service and perform preventive maintenance.
  • Repair, adjust, rebuild, replace, and upgrade parts and assemblies in all equipment and vehicle systems, including but not limited to the following: mechanical; electrical; hydraulic; pneumatic; diesel, gasoline, and propane engine; electric motors and drives; transmission; final drive; fuel delivery and injection; ignition; suspension, chassis, steering, and tires; operator cab; brakes; exhaust; control; etc.
  • Offer and communicate ideas to improve the service life and level of service of equipment and vehicles, reduce long-term expenses, and maximize utilization of maintenance and capital resources.
  • Operate maintenance and machine shop equipment such as hand and power tools and machinery, equipment lifts, cranes and winches, presses, drills, welding equipment, grinders, tire-changing machine, parts cleaners, steam and pressure cleaners, etc.
  • Perform rigging for equipment component lifting and disassembly/assembly.
  • Perform minimal metal welding and fabrication.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • High School diploma or equivalent, plus two years experience in equipment and vehicle mechanics, maintenance, and repair required.
  • Basic reading, writing, and math skills required.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet, and email applications.
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding equipment preventative and corrective maintenance required.
  • Welding experience preferred.
  • Skills and experience are required to troubleshoot, disassemble, repair/rebuild/replace, reassemble, and adjust equipment components and systems.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bending consistently, and working in awkward body positions is required.
  • Conditions include working in maintenance shop and busy cargo traffic areas, with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Must be able to effectively use all PPE equipment and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Must provide own hand tools, with sockets and wrenches up to one and a quarter inch size.
  • Ongoing training in areas of specialty a must.
  • 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


Junior Accountant — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015286

HIRING RANGE: $40,379 – $49,639

GRADE: 34

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Provide support to the finance department for overall financial activities including accounting policy enforcement; creation and enforcement of accounting procedures; financial reporting; budgetary oversight and enforcement; and analysis projects.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Work with the Controller to prepare and post monthly journal entries.  Prepare and reconcile schedules for balance sheet accounts including receivables, prepaid insurance, deferred dredging, and capital assets.  Prepare monthly bank reconciliations within one week after close-out.
  • Assist with the preparation and enforcement of accounting policies.  Work with budget management and variance analysis preparation.  Learn all subsystem requirements and serve as rotating backup for Accounting and Finance duties.
  • Compile and distribute the monthly financial statements and annual budgets in a timely manner.
  • Review and prepare remittance reports for Board members and employees ensuring compliance with travel/business promotion policies.  Work with direct-bill accounts and set up reservations as required.
  • Review and process project invoices and monitor outstanding projects under construction.  Prepare checks for mailing ensuring reconciliation and audit so that there are no missing checks.  Prepare daily cash receipts report and deposits.
  • Assist with completion of the physical asset inventory.  Work with Controller to prepare insurance documentation for property coverage.
  • Work with Real Estate to help manage lease contracts and claims processing.  Prepare annual PPI increases on lease/contracts as necessary.  Assist with financial analyses during contract negotiations.
  • Work with IT for contract support and budgeting reconciliations and analyses.
  • Order office supplies and maintain the filing cabinets.  Prepare filing for monthly working papers, backup documentation, contracts, and other information as necessary.  Assist with front desk coverage and fleet management responsibilities as needed.
  • Any other Accounting, Real Estate, or Financial Analysis duties as assigned.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with 0 to 3 years of experience is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial accounting principles, theories, and practices.
  • Excellent customer service as well as written and verbal communication skills is required.
  • Must be able to maintain a positive professional image and be sensitive to confidential information.
  • Willing to assist wherever needed to learn the business and broaden skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software including word processing, Excel spreadsheets, and other computer/ERP system skills.
  • Individual wanting to obtain CPA or other similar professional designation will be considered highly desirable.
  • 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


Maintenance Mechanic III — Port of Morehead City

JOB NUMBER: NCP65016152

HIRING RANGE: $36,163 – $43,657

GRADE: 17

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

To maintain all mechanical equipment throughout port facility.  Ability to trouble shoot and repair all equipment in compliance with appropriate safety regulations, codes, and NC Ports policies and procedures.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot technical and functional problems with equipment for repairs.
  • Service and repair all port equipment including forklifts, cranes, manlifts, loaders, conveyor belt systems, mechanical motor drives, gearboxes, etc.
  • Service both gasoline and diesel motors.
  • Create and complete work orders when needed as well as service equipment in conjunction with the work order system.
  • Must have a general knowledge of or be willing to operate all equipment (forklifts, loaders, cranes, manlifts, etc.).
  • Design and fabricate components using ac/dc welding and acetylene torch cutting equipment.
  • Must be able to use hydraulic press, hydraulic hose machine, tire changer, and balancer.
  • Set up materials and equipment appropriate for special projects.  Complete activities as time permits or as priority is established for the project.
  • Must be able to understand work orders and read equipment maintenance manuals and schematics.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Two years of heavy equipment mechanic experience preferred.
  • Experience in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet and email applications required.
  • Must work well in a collaborative teamwork environment, be customer service oriented and exhibit a positive professional attitude.
  • Strenuous physical demands are required to safely perform job duties and operate machinery and tools.
  • Requires physical ability to occasionally climb to heights up to 100 feet.
  • Overtime, nights, and weekend work is required.
  • Must have a valid driver 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


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


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