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

Intern — Port of Wilmington

Hiring Range: $12/hour

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY:

NC Ports is now accepting applications from students interested in a summer internship. The internship will involve support and developmental opportunities. Interns would be working within a department that aligns with the student’s education and experience.  The intern should be prepared to assist with research, projects, administration duties, data entry, filing, etc.

Hours and schedule are flexible and will include 15-30 hours per week, scheduled between regular business hours of 8am-5pm.

Departments include: Engineering, Information Technology, Operations, Finance/Accounting, Business Development, Purchasing, Human Resources and Safety

DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS:

The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast.  NC Ports offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, and breakbulk operations.

North Carolina’s Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City 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.

NC Ports is focused on the requirements of our customers.  Goals include self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, a highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment.

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.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Engineering Intern — Port of Wilmington

Hiring Range: $12/hour

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY:

NC Ports is now accepting applications from students interested in a summer internship within our Engineering Department. The internship will involve support and developmental opportunities. The intern should be prepared to assist with research, projects, administration duties, data entry, filing, updating and correcting our Port GIS system, scanning and/or digitizing various plans, maps, reports and documents to link to GIS.

Hours and schedule are flexible and will include 15-30 hours per week, scheduled between regular business hours of 8am-5pm.

DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS:

The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. NC Ports offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, and breakbulk operations.

North Carolina’s Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City 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.

NC Ports is focused on the requirements of our customers. Goals include self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, a highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment.

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.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Systems Administrator — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015331

GRADE: 36

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Charged with installing maintaining and troubleshooting physical and virtual infrastructures, computer operating software, utilities, administering users and system security, planning for and responding to service outages and other problems.  The Administrator must demonstrate a blend of technical skills and ability to assume overall responsibility for the scope of his/her assigned work. This includes, but is not limited to the support of server operating systems, software packaging, server software, mobile devices, PC support, general networking and access control management. Work will require a full range of analytical responsibilities such as requirements gathering, analysis, development, testing, implementation and detailed documentation following industry standard practices.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • The Systems Administrator (SA) is responsible and accountable for effective provisioning, upgrade, performance monitoring, troubleshooting and maintenance of physical and virtual system hardware, software, storage and related infrastructure as a primary job responsibility. To include: VMware ESXi, VDI, Workspace ONE, AirWatch (MDM), compute/storage platform, AV and Encryption Tools, etc.
  • Responsible for installing, maintaining, troubleshooting multiple server and desktop operating systems along with the applications they support.
  • Proven experience with lead technical roles in areas such as Microsoft Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Group Policy, SCCM, SCOM, and clustering technologies.
  • The SA will be the primary owner of the port’s VDI and mobilization platform from image management, desktop deployment, application packaging and application delivery which extends to the physical devices.
  • The SA will participate in technical research to ensure system hardware, operating systems, software systems and related procedures adhere to organizational values, goals and objectives.
  • Thorough documentation and end-user training/support.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Associates degree in Information Technology or related field and three years of experience in VDI administration or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Windows Server 2012/2016 and Active Directory, experience with testing and monitoring DR/Backup and Recovery, Microsoft SCCM and SCOM, Antivirus/Malware Tools, Endpoint Encryption, and advanced authentication.
  • Professional experience with managing VMware vSphere, VDI infrastructures, and mobile workforce (MDM) in a corporate environment required.
  • Experience managing all aspects of Microsoft Windows Server and Desktop platforms in a domain environment (experience with Powershell and PowerCLI preferred).
  • Solid understanding of network LAN/WAN operations, to include common edge devices and technologies such as firewalls, switching/routing, NSX, WiFi and security.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to organize and follow complex and/or detailed technical procedures.
  • Must have a good work ethic.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • VMware VCP or VCAP certification desired.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, meet TWIC security requirements.
  • Ability to work in normal office conditions with occasional exposure to hot and cold seasonal weather while outside. Must be able to lift 25lbs.

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


Facilities Mechanic/HVAC — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP5015438

GRADE: 16

HIRING RANGE: $34,395 – $41,699

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform duties to maintain, repair, upgrade, and construct Port facilities in a safe and efficient manner and support Port operations as needed.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Serves as a lead employee in directing and overseeing the work of other skilled employees assigned to assist with a project.
  • Perform a variety of duties at the semi-skilled level to maintain, repair, improve, and construct marine terminal buildings and systems, utilities, wharfs, rail systems, grounds, etc.
  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs in these areas: HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, utility, concrete forming and finishing, metal welding and fabrication, masonry, roofing, crane rail, fire protection, painting, mechanical, overhead door, excavation and grading, grounds keeping, and waste disposal work, and/or work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service. Experience in one or more of these functional areas are required.
  • Operate heavy equipment, construction equipment, forklifts, vehicles, power tools, hand tools, shop equipment, etc.
  • Employ fall protection, respiratory and hearing protection, lockout/tag out, hot work safety measures, and utilize all other available personal protective equipment to minimize hazards and comply with safety regulations and policies.
  • Determine work methods, materials, tools, and services needed for projects.
  • Reference repair manuals and technical specifications, complete written documentation, and keep maintenance and repair records.
  • Communicate ideas to improve facility maintenance and level of service and to increase cost efficiencies.
  • Perform emergency repairs on a call-in overtime basis.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot technical and functional problems, and conduct inspections.
  • Assist in non-hazardous spill cleanup and trash handling.
  • Assist with cargo operations as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent, plus 2-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Working knowledge of refrigeration theory and the practices, methods, materials, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.
  • Ability to diagnose HVAC and equipment malfunctions and to prescribe and perform repair procedures.
  • Must possess reading, math and basic computer skills needed to perform all listed duties.
  • Must be able to safely access all areas of port property, buildings, structures, wharves, rooftops and other elevated positions, as well as, confined spaces.
  • Must be able to lift up to fifty pounds and be capable of standing for extended periods of time, bending consistently, working in confined spaces with limited access, on ladders, in personnel lifts, in workboats, and working in awkward body positions.
  • Must be willing and available to work overtime outside normal business hours, including weekends and holidays, as needed.
  • 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


Senior Director, Key Clients and Trade Development — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015283

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Commercial leadership role responsible for strengthening NC Ports growth position across several key dimensions, (a) end customer development, (b) trade development and (c) carrier development.  The Senior Director of Key Clients and Trade Development will develop and optimize NC Ports container business while building strong, profitable, value based relationships with long term customers.  The role requires customer and stakeholder engagement from senior management levels to front lines, delivering results while representing NC Ports interests; it also requires ownership to drive NC Ports commercial initiatives for optimal market exposure, penetration and traction.  Role requires both individual contribution and team leadership in growing business, organization and people simultaneously.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Lead NC Ports developments with key customers and industry segments (across BCOs/Forwarders/ NVOs/3PLs/Shipping Associations, etc.).
  • Identify, secure and drive optimal growth opportunities with external and internal stakeholders for priority markets, regions and verticals.
  • Establish and manage second-to-none relationships with end customers, industry vertical / segment leaders, supply chain influencers and carrier / forwarder commercial stakeholders to drive desired trade traction.
  • Strengthen and integrate NC Ports container business approach to deliver value across end customers, service providers and carriers for best outcomes.
  • Manage and develop customer value propositions and support marketing strategies.
  • Develop and promote compelling, mutually beneficial integrated product offerings that are sustainable and consistent with business strategies.
  • Critically evaluate business propositions and recommend short and long term strategies to achieve profitable growth.
  • Highlight service deficiencies and/or impediments to business development to appropriate business owners.
  • Recommend investments and service enhancements to business owners to enhance service capabilities to customers.
  • Develop and maintain customer, segment and initiative based sales plans.
  • Ensure excellent customer interactions, with emphasis on delivering a great customer experience and best in class service while maximizing revenues.
  • Develop forecast models, manage performance and recommend steering actions.
  • Perform trend analysis, including using trade data (e.g. JOC, Panjiva, Datamyne, etc.) and intel to develop segment strategies, strengthen competitive readiness and commercial Team focus.
  • Regular reporting on sales activities / results plus strengthen sales review process.
  • Participate in forecasting and budget process.
  • Develop and optimize business tools, including further implementation of CRM.
  • Communicate key developments with SMT.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • This role requires a proven high achiever with tenacity, integrity and a team player attitude. Will need to demonstrate success in the ability to effectively prioritize initiatives, goals and performance measurements consistent with organizations business plan
  • Strong understanding of transportation industry, in particular International Supply Chain logistics and end-to-end order cycles
  • Specific contact with segment leading BCOs, Forwarders/NVOs/3PLs and Carriers
  • In depth market knowledge, research and analysis is mandatory; skilled in negotiations of complex transportation agreements; effective supervision of sales and related staff
  • Big picture perspective with ability to synthesize information, plans and actions
  • Ability to Identify customer needs and translate into customer solutions
  • Energetic, forward thinking and creative with strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to be resourceful and flexible, while maintaining disciplines
  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills with ability to prepare and deliver influential presentations to small and large audiences, as well as experience in making powerful business proposals effectively across all organizational levels
  • Ability to Train, coach, evaluate and mentor members of the team
  • Excellent conflict resolution, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Focus on results and success, conveys a sense of urgency and drives issues to closure despite obstacles and opposition
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics, Marketing, Business Law or other business related fields (Masters’ degree preferred), plus ten years of demonstrated successful experiences in creating significant business growth through marketing and sales at the executive level for transport service providers or marine terminals
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT:

Position will require frequent travel, including air, motor vehicle and train, both domestically and overseas. Normal office conditions in a climate controlled environment. Occasional exposure to hot and cold seasonal weather while outside. Light physical activity required to perform office functions. No heavy lifting required.

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


Maintenance Mechanic — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP 65015377 & 65015376

HIRING RANGE: $36,163 – $47,082

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. Must be able to read electrical and hydraulic schematics.
  • 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.
  • Although not required, machinist experience is highly preferred. (efficient use of lathes and milling machines)
  • Welding experience preferred. (i.e.: Stick, MIG & TIG)
  • 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.
  • Must be comfortable working at heights up to 50 feet on occasions.

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: $15 per hour

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 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.