The Port of Los Angeles is a department of the City of Los Angeles. Also known as the Los Angeles Harbor Department, most Port employees are hired through the Civil Service employment process administered by the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department. The Port directly hires interns and student workers during the year, and Los Angeles Port Police officers year-round.
City of Los Angeles EmploymentAs a department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port employs nearly 1,000 city employees. The City of Los Angeles is a civil service, equal opportunity employer, with most of its job opportunities requiring that an applicant take a competitive civil service exam through the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department.
How to Become a City Employee
Student EmploymentWhile most positions at the Port are secured through the City of Los Angeles civil service process, the Port’s Human Resource Division directly hires summer interns and student workers.
How to Become a Student Worker
Join the Los Angeles Port PoliceLos Angeles Port Police officers are responsible for patrol and surveillance of the Port of Los Angeles and neighboring Los Angeles Harbor Area communities. The Port Police directly employ nearly 200 sworn and non-sworn employees, who are also Harbor Department employees.
Other EmploymentOther jobs generated at the Port, are managed directly by Port tenants and companies—from independent terminal operators, to shipping and cruise lines, to service and logistics companies—or, they are offered directly by labor unions that contract with the Port.