Other Employment Opportunities

The Port of Los Angeles is managed by the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department and operates as a landlord port with more than 200 leaseholders. City employees assigned to the Port of Los Angeles are hired through the Civil Service employment process administered by the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department.

The San Pedro Bay Port Complex — which includes independent terminal operators, shipping and cruise lines, railroads and service providers at both the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach — employs thousands of people. One in nine jobs in the greater Los Angeles region is connected to this port complex.

Dockworkers, also known as longshoremen and women, are employed by the International Warehouse and Longshore Union (ILWU).

Union Employment

Each year, the Port of Los Angeles handles billions of dollars’ worth of cargo. Much of this cargo movement is facilitated by labor unions that hire and train individuals in a variety of skill and specialty areas. Such jobs include warehouse workers, truck drivers, dock workers, welders, carpenters and workers in various maritime service sectors.
Learn more about the Port’s long-time collaboration with labor unions and the Port’s workforce development programs here.
Unions serving the Port include chapters of the ILWU, IBEW, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, SEIU, among others. Individuals interested in applying for a union job should contact the union of interest directly.

Port Tenant Company Jobs

Additional employment opportunities may include jobs generated at the Port are managed directly by Port tenant companies, including independent terminal operators, shipping and cruise lines, service and logistics companies. To find out about job opportunities, individuals should contact these companies directly. The Pacific Maritime Association maintains a list of member companies.

Construction Jobs

Construction activity at the Port of Los Angeles 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 at labavn.org.
The Harbor Worksource Center actively assists Harbor Area residents seeking employment in the the construction trades. To meet the local hire requirements of the Port of the Los Angeles Project Labor Agreement (PLA), contractors working on Port construction projects often find qualified workers through the Harbor Worksource Center.
Under the PLA, at least 30% of total work hours need to be performed by local residents who live within the targeted areas of the City of Los Angeles, using a two-tier approach. The first tier includes residents within approximately 10 miles of the Port; the second tier includes residents of high-unemployment zip codes throughout the remainder of the City of Los Angeles.
Visit the Harbor Worksource Center in Downtown San Pedro for more information.
Harbor Worksource Center
222 West 6th Street, Suite 410
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 732-5700