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2019 Port Operations Fellow Program

Job ID: 34344
Department: Human Resources
Location: 4 World Trade Center


If you know the maritime industry, then you know that the Port of New York and New Jersey is one of the biggest players in the game. We are the largest port on the East Coast, a critical gateway that provides millions of people with the things they need, from everyday commodities like orange juice, to the steel of the World Trade Center.

What you may not know is that the Port Authority has an Operations Fellows Program, an opportunity for passionate individuals to help shape the legacy of our transportation network.  As part of this program, we are looking for maritime professionals to join our Port team in its mission to enhance the operations and infrastructure of the New York-New Jersey seaports.  Over the last 95 years, the Port of New York and New Jersey has been at the forefront of the maritime industry.  This is your chance to join us as we prepare for the next century.

About the Program

The Operations Fellows program within the Port Department is a program for individuals with an interest in building a career in maritime industry and an aspiration to manage people in the future.  This program is a two-year rotational experience designed to provide individuals with exposure to a number of areas of port, which may include the following:

  • Leasing & Property Development
  • Port Rail Program
  • Project Management
  • Business Development and Customer Relations
  • Port Security Operations

In addition to the rotational assignments in the Port Department, individuals will be able to learn more about the overall agency through executive networking sessions and facility tours in other areas of the Port Authority. They will also be exposed to leadership development opportunities through customized training and workshops, individual coaching, and mentoring to prepare them to become future leaders who will run the Port Authority’s critical operations.  Upon successful completion of the program, Operations Fellows will be considered for key positions within the Port Department.

Operations Fellows will be selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience.  The selection process for the Program is highly rigorous and consists of multiple rounds of interviews, including a qualitative interview, a competency-based panel interview, and multiple assessment exercises.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a maritime, transportation, supply chain management or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in the maritime field through a job, an internship, or other related experience (coast guard, military, transportation, etc.)


  • Master’s degree
  • 1-2 years of relevant work experience
  • Interest in working in the “front line” of an operation
  • Clear interest in operations or the maritime industry with a desire to become a people-leader
  • Clear interest in public service
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analysis skills
  • Demonstrated customer service and political acumen skills
  • Able to work effectively in multiple units and to interface with executive and union staff
  • Strong presence, excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

  • Job Posting: To apply, please click on the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting to apply.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for the Program is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. 

  • Instructions:
    • Please upload your essay responses and resume as one document in the section of the online application that prompts you to upload your resume.
    • Your essay responses cannot exceed 300 words.

1. Describe how you have used your leadership abilities to promote a positive culture in your school or organization.
2. As a future manager/leader, what steps would you take and what skills would you apply in developing and supporting people that work for you?

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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