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Hillsborough County Government

Port Operations Supervisor (#PTOPSVTPAK) TPAK
$17.05-$30.48 Hourly / $2,955.33-$5,283.20 Monthly / $35,464.00-$63,398.40 Yearly


Performs supervisory duties monitoring and coordinating the operational use of the Tampa Port Authorit's public docks, waterways, roadways, terminals, logistical infrastructure and vessel traffic.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Three or more years of experience in marine transportation, seaport operations, shipping, or vessel traffic systems; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of the rules, regulations and County ordinances governing port facilities, foreign and domestic ships, and crews and cargo involved in interstate and foreign commerce.
  • Considerable knowledge of port operations policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of ship to shore radio protocol.
  • Working knowledge of berthing and cargo logistics.
  • Skill in the use of radio communications equipment.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to enforce rules, regulations and ordinances tactfully, firmly and impartially.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to disseminate emergency information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to maintain work related records and prepare reports.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Supervises subordinate staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance.
  • Enforces Port rules, regulations, laws, and ordinances.
  • Reports violations of vessel traffic guidelines, special sailing orders, and United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port (USCG COTP) orders to appropriate local, state and federal agencies.
  • Advises shipmasters and pilots of maritime traffic on Tampa Bay, using the Vessel Traffic Advisory System (VTAS), to facilitate marine safety.
  • Monitors emergency alarm systems and coordinates emergency responses to maritime casualties with federal, state and local emergency response teams.
  • Monitors vessel docking and departures to ensure compliance with the Port Tariff and Operations Manual.
  • Assists vessels, terminal operators, stevedores, pilots, companies, federal, state and local government agencies in communicating with appropriate regulatory agencies and vessel operators.
  • Boards vessels to render assistance to the captain or crew.
  • Compiles berth and vessel information for billing, statistical and incident reports.
  • Monitors the operation of specialized electronic navigation tracking equipment, radio transmitters and receivers to ensure overall protection of Tampa Port Authority (TPA) property and waterways.
  • Monitors port operations for any sign of irregularities that could result in damage to facilities, personal injury or economic loss.
  • Monitors berth and vessel reservations for docking at public berths in accordance with established procedures.
  • Records and reports meteorological data, from the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS), to vessel masters and pilots for safety and statistical recordkeeping.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.