Brownsville Public Utilities Board will recruit openly in an effort to ensure that everyone is aware of each vacancy. All vacant positions are advertised through a variety of media. A posting period of at least two weeks is preferred; however, other times we will advertise “until filled” to find the right candidate. A position will also remain open until the position is either closed (an applicant is hired) or cancelled (position is closed without a hire). After successfully applying for a specific position, your application and qualifications will be screened by our recruiting team for the minimum qualifications and the department’s preferred skills and experience for the position. The hiring manager will review applications from the forwarded candidates and select those they are interested in contacting for an interview. The Human Resources Department will contact an applicant directly to arrange an interview. Following the interviews, the hiring manager will select the most suitable candidate for the position. After approval, the Human Resources Department will extend a conditional job offer to the selected candidate.
How long will the recruitment process take?
Sometimes an opening has a specific deadline; other times, we will wait as long as it takes for the right candidate. Our average time from position opening to position closing is 4-6 weeks.
How will I know if a position has been closed or cancelled?
If a position is no longer listed under the current openings, the position may have been closed (an applicant was hired) or cancelled (position was closed without a hire).
When I submit my application and resume on your website, where does it go?
After an application and resume submission, your information is automatically stored in our system. Once it is in the system, our recruitment team will review it.
What does a complete application packet consist of?
To be considered for a position with Brownsville Public Utilities Board, please ensure that you have submitted a complete application packet, which includes the following: completed employment application, resume, verification of High School Diploma or GED, and Unofficial College Transcripts (if applicable).
Can I complete an application packet using a degree earned outside the United States?
Yes, foreign education credentials are accepted, but the transcripts must be translated by an accredited agency for equivalency purposes. The translated transcript/equivalency report must be submitted with your application packet.
How can I verify that my online application was submitted successfully?
Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation message acknowledging that the application was successfully submitted.
If a new job becomes available, should I resubmit my application and resume, or will you automatically review it again?
If you have an interest in a new position, you need to re-apply to include your updated information. Applicants must submit a complete application packet for each position for which they wish to be considered.
What is your screening process?
Once the advertisement has closed, our team will review all applications and resumes and indicate if you “meet qualifications” or “do not meet qualifications”. If you meet qualifications, your application and resume will be forwarded to the Hiring Manager for consideration. The Hiring Manager selects whom to interview from the pool of qualified candidates depending on your experience and qualifications.
Can I resubmit my resume if it has been revised and updated?
Yes. To do so, please email your updated resume to email@example.com. Our recruitment team will see the updated information when looking at your resume.
I submitted my application and resume and never heard from you. What happened?
It is not uncommon for us to receive 100 or more applications for certain open positions. While we do review every application and resume, we are unable to respond to every application and resume that is sent to us. You are welcome to contact our recruitment team at (956) 983-6427 to inquire about the status of your application.
Am I able to submit my information for consideration on more than one opening?
One complete application packet (employment application, resume and proof of high school or college completion), is required for each position for which you wish to be considered. We prefer that our applicants submit for consideration only on openings that truly align with their experience and qualifications.
Why can’t I just send my application and resume directly to you or a Hiring Manager?
When you submit your application and resume directly to us or a Hiring Manager via email or regular mail, it is not automatically loaded into our system and, therefore, will not be searchable or viewable when we view applications and resumes in our system. Your application and resume may actually receive more attention by following the standard procedure of applying through our website.
When will I be contacted if selected for an interview?
Once the Hiring Manager is ready to conduct interviews, our recruitment team will contact you by phone or email to gather any missing documents and schedule you for an interview. Our average time is 2-3 weeks after the advertisement has closed.
After I interview, when will I hear back from BPUB?
Once the Hiring Manager has selected his/her final candidate, our team will contact you via email or phone to notify you of the status of the position. On average, this may take up to two weeks after you were interviewed.
Does Brownsville Public Utilities Board offer paid internship positions or programs?
We typically hire several interns for our summer internship program. Our program runs from early June to late August. We begin advertising for our internship program in early April. If this is something that interests you, please visit our Internship Opportunities page for more information.
Does Brownsville Public Utilities Board offer non-paid internship positions or programs?
We hire several volunteer interns throughout the year. If this is something that interests you, please visit our Internship Opportunities page for more information.
What if I’m interested in working with Brownsville Public Utilities Board, but do not see a position that matches my background?
You can submit your application and resume for general interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you can visit our website on a regular basis. We edit/add positions weekly.
What if I am interested in applying for positions at BPUB, but I don’t have a computer?
You may visit the BPUB Human Resources Department at 1425 Robinhood Drive in Brownsville, Texas, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to obtain a paper application. Public computers may be accessed at local libraries or at the Texas Workforce offices.
What if I need to arrange accommodations for special assistance in completing my application?
If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the employment process, please contact the BPUB Human Resources Department at (956) 983-6427, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How do I know if I am qualified for a job vacancy?
On the job posting, you will find the minimum education, experience and other requirements of the position. You can use this information to decide if your background meets the requirements. Be sure the work experience listed on your application clearly shows that you meet these minimum requirements.
What if I want to apply for a position, but I am not bilingual?
All positions require that employees possess written and oral communication skills in English. Some positions that require frequent interaction with customers may require bilingual communication skills in English and Spanish.
Why was I not selected to interview, even though I feel that I met the criteria?
If your application was complete and you fully meet the minimum qualifications, there may have been more qualified candidates who were selected for an interview. We review incoming applications to select those that best match our open position requirements, and we may contact applicants we want to learn more about. Due to our high volume of applicants, we are unable to personally speak with everyone who submits an application.
Where can I find more information about Brownsville Public Utilities Board’s benefits programs?
BPUB Customer Service/Servicios Al Cliente (956) 983-6121
Report an Outage/ Reportar Apagos (956) 983-6300
What is the difference between a bid and proposal?
A bid is the executed document submitted by a Bidder in response to an Invitation for Bids, a Request for Quotation or a multi-step bidding procedure. The bid price holds firm. Whereas a Request For Proposal (RFP) is a group of documents, whether attached or incorporated by reference, utilized for soliciting (competitive) proposals. The RFP procedure permits negotiation of proposals and prices as distinguished from competitive bidding and an Invitation for Bids. It also allows changes to be made after proposal are opened and contemplates that the nature of the proposal and/or prices offered will be negotiated prior to award.
Are there any Bidders' guidelines?
Below is a list of guidelines to use when preparing a Proposal/Bid. The list includes common errors made by bidders responding to Proposal/Bid invitations. These instructions are provided as guidelines and may not contain all relevant requirements. Carefully reading the Proposal/Bids is critical.
a) When you sign the signature page, you are agreeing to the general conditions, specifications, certification and other documents of the solicitation. The vendor is responsible to assure that she/he has received all addendums or documents prior to bid submittal. Contact the Purchasing Department to clarify any questions if needed.
b) Write all deviations or exceptions taken from the specifications clearly and in detail.
c) All Proposal/Bids must be received before the due date and time indicated for the opening or reading. At this time, all noted documents must be sealed; no faxed copies will be accepted.
d) Make sure all samples, literature, insurance, bonding, or warranty is submitted with Proposal/Bids if requested.
e) Make sure all parts of the Proposal/Bids are filled out – unit price, extension, description, time of delivery, etc.
How do I register as a vendor to receive bids?
By submitting a vendor application. Please note that a vendor application does not guarantee that the vendor will receive all bids. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check regularly for bid openings on this website or the hard copy of The Brownsville Herald on which we advertise as mandated by law.
Can anyone submit a bid? If so, how do I start?
Yes, anyone who meets the minimum requirements can submit a bid. Simply download the bid specifications, which include the vendor forms. Print, complete and return them to the Purchasing Department by the due date and time. All bids should be addressed as follows:
Mrs. Diane Solitaire
Brownsville Public Utilities Board
1495 Robinhood Drive
Brownsville, Texas 78521
A proposal/bid guarantee may be required in the form of a proposal/bid bond for five percent of the amount of the proposal/bid, according to the statutory requirements and specifications. Specifications will indicate the method of payment of the contract and type of pricing, either lump sum or unit. Proposals/Bids must conform to the specifications or they may be rejected. Once Proposals/Bids are submitted, they become property of BPUB and will not be returned. The Brownsville Public Utilities Board reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, all rights reserved.
How can I get an issued hard copy of a bid?
All bids are available from the Purchasing Department located at 1495 Robinhood Drive. Bids are posted on this website as an added service but are not intended for official use. Please contact the Purchasing Department at (956) 983-6364 to obtain current and legal copies of bid specs.
Set Up My Services
If you are an existing customer with the Brownsville Public Utilities Board and currently have Web Account Access login here To begin, please make your selection below, and proceed with the completion of this page.
You must know the following information ready:
1. Address of which you are applying for service.
2. City Electric Permit Number.
3. What day you will be available for an installation.
Transfer my service
To transfer services, call (956) 983-6121, make an online request or stop by the BPUB Administration Building, located at 1425 Robinhood Drive in Brownsville, TX. The fee for electric and water service transfer is $50. For one service only, the charge is $25. The deposit existing on the old account will be transferred to the new account.
Move to a different residence in Brownsville
How can I get my service transferred to my new address?
Call or come by the BPUB Administration Building, located at 1425 Robinhood Drive in Brownsville, Texas. A transfer request can be made with proper identification, social security verification, and the date requested. Please give us at least 24 hours to complete the request.
Schedule a temporary disconnect
At this time, BPUB does not schedule temporary disconnects. To minimize charges, it is recommended that air conditioners be turned up and water heaters be turned down while out of town. Another suggestion would be to take readings on both the electric and water meters to record how much consumption occurs while out of town.
Ask questions regarding garbage service
BFI is the residential service provider while GMS is the apartment and commercial service provider. If you want to establish garbage service, you should contact Allied Waste at 1 (800) 423-7316 or GMS at (956) 544-2100.
Note: BPUB only bills for the garbage service provided through contract with these companies and does not handle concerns associated with the charges. For questions related to charges, please contact the City of Brownsville Public Works Department at (956) 838-6348.
Get my bill in Spanish. (Conseguir mi factura en español.)
You can receive your bill and any other standard communication in Spanish by calling (956) 983-6118 and leaving a message with your name and account number. For more information, call (956) 983-6121.
Set up a payment extension
All extensions are based on previous financial history, current account balance, and the number of days past due. For more information, please call one of our Customer Service Representatives at (956) 983-6121.
We provide paid and volunteer internship opportunities for the spring, summer and fall semesters. To learn more about our internships, visit the Internship Opportunities page on our website.
Report a downed power line
Stay away from the downed power line as it can be energized and extremely dangerous. Call the BPUB emergency number at (956) 983-6300.
Report a utility emergency
Call 9-1-1, next call the BPUB emergency number at (956) 983-6300.
Know what to do if I think have a leak
Checking for leaks can be done by following the steps set below:
Turn off all water devices in the residence.
Check the water meter for movement on the dial or leak indicator and perform a visual check of the connections at the water meter.
If the dial or leak indicator shows movement, shut off the main cutoff valve going into the residence (usually located right outside the house) which leaves the water meter on.
If the dial or leak indicator still shows movement, the leak is outside the residence, but on the owner’s side of the meter.
Discuss a higher than usual bill due to a water leak
Contact one of our Customer Service Representatives at (956) 983-6121. You may be eligible for a small adjustment to wastewater charges depending on normal consumption.
Get my meter re-read
You can request a re-read of your meter by contacting our office with the specific reason why you believe you need a re-read. Please call (956) 983-6121.
Know more about submitting an Open Records request
What is an Open Records request?
An Open Records Request is any written request asking for copies of or access to information related to the transaction of official BPUB business.
File an Open Records Request.
To file an Open Records Request under the Texas Public Information Act, you must submit your request in writing. Your request can be made by delivering a personal letter in person, by fax, e-mail, or using the Request for Public Records Form available on this website.
Know where to submit a written request:
Brownsville PUB Officer for Public Information
P. O. Box 3270, Brownsville, TX 78523-3270
1425 Robinhood Drive, Brownsville, Texas 78521
Fax Number: (956) 574-6112
Email address: email@example.com
Who is the official BPUB Officer for Public Information?
The official BPUB Officer for Public Information is John S. Bruciak, General Manager & CEO. The General Manager has designated Nancy Tello, Records Manager, to act on his behalf as Officer for Public Information.
How long does BPUB have to respond to an Open Records Request?
The Texas Public Information Act provides for no more than ten (10) business days to respond to an Open Records Request. However, it is BPUB policy to respond to a request as soon as possible if the information is open and readily available. BPUB may require additional time to produce the requested information if it is not readily available.
Is a telephone call sufficient as an official Open Records Request?
No. To be considered an “official” Open Records Request, the request must be in writing. However, in some cases, a person may call for information of a general nature that may be communicated over the phone.
What records must be provided in response to an Open Records Request?
Everything BPUB creates or receives is open to the public unless it qualifies under an exception that allows it to be withheld. Exceptions are found in the Texas Public Information Act, Senate Bill 1613, and the BPUB resolution on competitive matters.
What is charged for copies of public information?
The Texas Public Information Act provides for charges for copies of and access to public information. Any charges or costs associated with providing information will be billed to the requestor and will be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Texas Attorney General, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70.
What is the Resaca Restoration Project?
What are resacas?
Resacas, also known as oxbow lakes, are remnant river channels unique to the area. Resacas aid in flood control, water storage and add an aesthetic character to the city. BPUB pumps raw water into the area’s resaca system, such as Resaca de la Guerra, that meanders throughout the city, as needed, provided there is surplus water available. This water serves as habitat for an array of species of fish such as tilapia, alligator gar and largemouth bass, as well as hundreds of species of birds and waterfowl.
Why are resacas dredged?
The project will remove sediment from resacas with the use of a dredger, thus restoring the resacas to their original depths. Benefits of the project include the following:
Improved aesthetics and value of resacas to community
Increased raw water storage
Increased storm water capacity
Improved water quality for wildlife
Habitat and eco-system restoration
Erosion control and bank stabilization
Enhanced recreational opportunities
Expanded eco-tourism and incentive for economic development
How long the Resaca Restoration Project take?
This is a long-term project for BPUB. The first resaca to be dredged, the Cemetery Resaca, is estimated to take about two to three months to complete.
Other Phase I sites include the Gladys Porter Zoo resacas and canals, Dean Porter Park Resaca, and the Resaca Boulevard Resaca.
Phase II sites are being evaluated but not ready to be announced at this time.
How much did the equipment cost?
Initial capital asset costs for this project include $700,000 for two dredgers; $4 million for the dewatering equipment and another $2 million for other heavy equipment.
How is resaca wildlife affected by the project?
The equipment being used to dredge the resacas is designed to minimize any potential harm to wildlife.
What is going to be done with the sediment removed from the resacas?
The sediment will be stored at a temporary site. The analysis to be done on the material will determine if we will be able to use it for other purposes.
What has already been removed from the resacas?
There has already been a lot of debris taken from the resacas, including, tires, bottles, cans, wrappers, football, carpet and more.