City of Los Angeles Employment

About City of Los Angeles Employment

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. 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.

City of Los Angeles Civil Service Exam Process

The City of Los Angeles uses a civil service system of employment and promotion. The system is based on the principles of merit, fairness, and equal employment opportunities. After submitting your online application, you may receive an email invite to participate in a civil service exam. To learn about civil service examinations for which applications are being accepted, visit the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department website.

To receive notifications regarding your application status, you must include the following information on your City application:
  • valid e-mail address
  • valid telephone number
  • valid social security number
Applications for civil service examinations are available from both the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department and Port of Los Angeles Human Resources Division. The Port's Human Resources Division may accept applications for examinations and forward them to the Personnel Department. For more information about Port employment opportunities, click here or contact the Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The City of Los Angeles is proud of its commitment to inclusion and diversity among our employees. Diversity in our workforce gives the City access to a rich range of talent, representing different experiences, perspectives, and styles. These differences foster a collaborative and innovative work environment that makes us a stronger and better organization on every level.

By maintaining a work environment built on respect, trust, collaboration, and cooperation, we are better able to provide superior service to the City’s diverse communities. In order to grow, evolve, and improve, we must continue to cultivate a culture that appreciates, welcomes, and embraces a diverse workforce.

Employee Benefits

The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department is a great place to work! In addition to experiencing the amazing views and coastal breezes found at the busiest port in North America, there are a variety of benefits to being a City employee assigned to the Harbor Department.
City of Los Angeles Employee Benefits
  • Health coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • Retirement plan
  • Deferred compensation plan
Harbor Department Employee Benefits
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free gym access
  • Free vanpool/rideshare program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Available childcare (WORLDTOTS)
  • Harbor Department Employees Club (discount tickets, events, social gatherings)
  • Employee Softball League 
  • Affordable on-site cafeteria (Port Pantry)

Open Examinations

The following open exams include City of Los Angeles job classifications assigned to the Harbor Department.