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The Port of Los Angeles is a department of the City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles Harbor Department) and directly employs nearly 1000 employees. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 133,000 jobs (about one in 14) in Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (or one in 18) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports (ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach) support nearly 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million nationwide.

City of Los Angeles Civil Service Exam Process

As a civil service, equal opportunity employer, the majority of City of Los Angeles 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. Applications for civil service examinations are available from both the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department and Port of Los Angeles. The Port's Human Resources Division may accept applications for examinations and forward them to the Personnel Department. For more information about Port of Los Angeles employment opportunities, contact the Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.

Port-related Jobs

Various independent terminal operators, shipping and cruise lines, and service providers do business in and around the Port of Los Angeles. Visit the Pacific Martime Association website for a list of member companies: pmanet.org/member-companies

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 (ILWU) Local 13, which provides labor for cargo-handling operations on the docks. For more informaiton, visit the ILWU13 website at ilwu13.com or call (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:

Harbor Worksource Center
1851 N. Gaffey Street, Suite F
San Pedro, CA 90731

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