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, go to www.cityofla.org/per
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.
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
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
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 résumés for the 2014 Summer Internship Program from March 1-March 15, 2014 only. Applications received after the March 15 deadline will not 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.
If you know an undergraduate or graduate student who you think would benefit from our Summer Internship Program please provide this information or have them contact the Human Resources Division at 310-732-3480.
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 résumé, a cover letter that expresses interest in the program, and a copy of your unofficial college transcript to verify GPA. The documents can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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 $13.65 per hour. University Seniors or Graduate students will be paid $16.72 per hour.
Internship period: The 2014 Summer Internship Program will start June 16th and end August 29th.
Work Schedules: Interns should be available Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.
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.
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