Welcome from the Executive Director Commission LA Waterfront Stay Connected with the Port on Facebook Twitter and eAlerts
Follow the Port on Facebook Follow the Port on TwittereAlertsLAtitude


Civil Service Exam Process

The Port of Los Angeles is a department of the City of Los Angeles and is often referred to as the Los Angeles Harbor Department. As a civil service, equal opportunity, employer, the majority of Port job opportunities require an applicant to take a competitive civil service examination for particular job classifications. Successful applicants are eligible for jobs anywhere in the City of Los Angeles where a job classification exists based upon the score achieved on the examination. To learn about civil service examinations for which applications are being accepted, visit lacity.org to reach the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department. For more information about Port of Los Angeles employment opportunities, contact the Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.

Personnel Department

Applications for civil service examinations are available from the Personnel Department and from the Port of Los Angeles. The Port's Human Resources Division also accepts applications for examinations and forwards them to the Personnel Department in downtown Los Angeles.

Student Workers

The Port hires college students on a part-time basis in order to accomplish necessary work activities. Students may work up to 20 hours per week, except during certain periods such as summer when students may work up to 40 hours per week. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university on a full-time basis (12 or more semester units). To learn about student employment opportunities, please contact the Port's Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.

Dress Code Policy: As representatives of the Port of Los Angeles, the personal appearance, quality of customer service, and positive attitude of all employees, including student workers, are essential to creating and maintaining a positive work environment and a favorable public image.

This dress code policy sets a standard to ensure that our personal appearance is always appropriate and professional.  Attire is considered appropriate if it is the right image to portray before a customer or the public on a given day, and on a given work assignment.  Some examples of inappropriate attire are jeans, flip-flops, tank tops, and shorts.

Summer Internship Program

The Human Resources Division will be accepting resumes for the 2015 Summer Internship Program from March 1 through March 15, 2015. Only applications received between March 1st and March 15th will be considered.

The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) Summer Internship Program provides a unique opportunity of experiential learning, networking, and personal development for undergraduate and graduate students. Placement assignments are made based on a combination of factors, including the needs of the participating divisions, the intern's skill set and availability in the intern's expressed area of interest.

Internship requirements
: Ideal intern candidates are expected to be motivated, responsible, punctual, and committed.

1. Prospective POLA Summer Interns must be community college or university students,
2. Returning to school in the Fall, and
3. With a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (3.0 for graduate students).

Please submit a 2015 Summer Internship Application Form, a resume, a cover letter that expresses interest in the program, and a copy of your unofficial college transcript to verify GPA. In addition, students who are Seniors must submit a letter from their school attesting to their Senior status. The documents can be emailed to summerinternprogram@portla.org.

The Port's Dress Code Policy also applies to students working in the Summer Internship Program.

Internship pay: Community College students, or University Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors will be paid $14.03 per hour. University Seniors or Graduate students will be paid $15.41 per hour.
Work Schedules: Interns should be available Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Internship period: The 2015 Summer Internship Program is an eleven week program. Students may work during one of the following periods:

1. June 1 through August 14
2. June 15 through August 28
3. June 29 through September 11

Internship selection process: Resume reviews will be conducted by representatives from participating Divisions. Selections will be made based on criteria related to the needs of the division, matching interns with their expressed area of interest or course of study.

For questions, please call the Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.

Port-related Jobs

Explore job opportunities with potential employers within the harbor. Various independent terminal operators, shipping and cruise lines, and service providers do business in and around the Port.

Development/Construction Activity

Port development construction activity is often contracted out through a competitive bid process. Jobs associated with these contracts are generally union jobs and information on employment opportunities should be sought directly from these on-site contractors.

Longshore Job Opportunities

Another source of information on job opportunities is the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (I.L.W.U.), Local 13. The Union provides labor for cargo-handling operations on the waterfront. Call the I.L.W.U. Local 13 at (310) 830-1130 for more information.

Harbor Worksource Center/Project Labor Agreement (PLA) Worker Participation

The Harbor Worksource Center is actively providing assistance to Harbor Area residents who are seeking employment in the construction trades. In order to meet the local hire requirements of the PLA, contractors working on Port of Los Angeles construction projects will be looking for qualifying workers from the Harbor Worksource Center. At least 30% of total work hours shall be performed by Local Residents residing within the targeted areas of the City using a two-tier approach. The first tier includes residents within approximately 10 miles of the Port, and the second tier includes residents of high unemployment zip codes throughout the remainder of the City of Los Angeles. For more information contact:

Program Manager Negussie Zeleke
Harbor Worksource Center
1851 N. Gaffey Street, Suite F
San Pedro, CA 90731


Home menu Business menu Community menu Education menu Environment menu Facilities menu Finance menu History menu Maritime menu Newsroom menu Planning menu Recreation menu Security menu Transportation menu