Port Security Officer

Job Title: Port Security Officer

Salary range: $22.00 - $26.00 DOE

Location: Sitka

Department: Harbors

Hours: Temporary

Start date: 02/01/2023

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

These positions are for the 2022 cruise ship season May - September.  Shifts will vary with Cruise Ship Schedule. Overtime may be required. 

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under general supervision, provides restricted and non-restricted port patrols in accordance with Sitka Facility Security Plan (FSP) The Port Security Officer must perform these duties in a manner that reflects positively on the City of Sitka and the Harbor Department.

                      Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

The following duties are typical for this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Provides security patrols for restricted and non-restricted areas of the Port.  Understands and implements various Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level changes and implements required Port enforcement action. 

Responds to security threats and breaches, reporting such activities to the appropriate personnel.

Conducts random vehicle/passenger screening. 

Uses handheld radios and cell phones.

Performs other duties as assigned or as required by the position.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Current security threats and patterns

Techniques used to circumvent security measures.

Crowd management and control techniques

Emergency procedures and contingency plans

Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques

Relevant aspects of the security plan

Methods of physical screening of persons, personal effects, cargo, and vehicles

Ability To:

Recognize characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are potential security threats.  Recognize and detect dangerous substances and devices.

Acceptable Education Experience and Training

Education and Experience Guidelines

Any combination of education and experience that would be likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


 Equivalent of high school level competency in reading, writing, and mathematics required.


 Equivalent of one year employment in a position demonstrating capability to work

 responsibly with minimal supervision required.  Experience in marine oriented positions

 preferred.  Good communication and customer service skills are required.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Card.

                                                              Acceptable Experience and Training

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to

Successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment:  Outdoor field environment; all types of weather, temperature     

conditions, work/walk on various types of surfaces.  Routine contact with the public

and tourist industry.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field

environment; to walk and sand for prolonged periods of time; and verbally communicate

to exchange information.


 See in the normal visual range with or without correction.


 Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


 Employees must maintain the confidentiality of all sensitive personal and/or private information obtained or observed in the performance of their job.

Essential Physical Abilities

Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively.

Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to review documents in electronic and hardcopy form.

Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate computers and related equipment.

Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment and visit various work sites throughout the City and Borough

Bonus Potential

$500.00 Retention Bonus Potential for those temporary Port Security Officers with acceptable performance and who remain employed through the end of the assignment as determined by the Harbormaster.

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