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People of the Port Career Fair

Your future on the waterfront starts here. 

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aerial view of Downtown San Diego from the bay.

2nd Annual People of the Port Career Fair

Thank you to all the amazing individuals and organizations who came out to build their future on the waterfront! We can't wait to bring this incredible event to you again next year. 

For upcoming opportunities with the Port of San Diego,
we invite you to visit our Careers Page. 

The People of the Port Career Fair and You 

The Port of San Diego, Port tenants, and the San Diego Working Waterfront invite you to attend the 2nd Annual People of the Port Career Fair. 

All education, skill, and experience levels are welcome. Spanish speaking volunteers will be available at the event.

Click here for parking map 

Career Fair Exhibitor Map

Download People of the Port Career Fair Flyer 

Haz clic aquí para descargar el folleto del evento en español 

Employment Opportunities 

During the career fair, we encourage you to meet a few organizations looking to hire now, learn and grow from our guest speakers, and discover your next exciting career in industries such as hospitality, maritime, shipbuilding & repair, food service, and more. Some of the well known companies participating include the following:

  • ABM Industries
  • ACE Parking
  • Austal USA
  • Bartell Hotels
  • Commander Navy Region Southwest
  • Commander Navy Region Southwest Force Protection
  • Continental Maritime of San Diego
  • CP Kelco
  • Eclipse Group Inc
  • Enterprise Mobility
  • Everingham Bros Bait Co
  • Flagship Cruises & Events
  • Fleet & Family Readiness (Navy)
  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Geppetto’s Seaport
  • Grand Hyatt San Diego
  • Harvest Sherwood Food Distributors
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • InterContinental
  • Koehler Kraft Co
  • Kona Kai San Diego
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Pacific Maritime Group 
  • Port of San Diego
  • Port of San Diego - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
  • Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department 
  • Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association
  • Residence Inn & Springhill Suites by Marriott
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority 
  • San Diego Convention Center
  • San Diego Padres
  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina 
  • The Pasha Group
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Wyndham San Diego Bayside 

Breakout Sessions Agenda

In addition to meet and greet opportunities with employers, informative breakout sessions will be offered to attendees. Additionally, to help close the gap between education and workforce development, the Port and its tenants are partnering with the San Diego Community College District to share information on how colleges can update their curriculum to help meet hiring needs in the region.



10:30 a.m.

Applying for Government Jobs

  • Port of San Diego
  • Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department
11:00 a.m.

Maritime Industry (Ship Building/Repair)

  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Austal USA
11:30 a.m.

Hospitality Industry (Hotels, Restaurants, and Retail)

  • Grand Hyatt San Diego
12:00 p.m.

Maritime Cargo

  • The Pasha Group
12:30 p.m.


  • San Diego Convention Center
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority


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Tips for Success 

Attending the People of the Port Career Fair may be one of the best things you can do for your career. Let us help you make the most from the experience with these helpful tips. 

Tip 1: Bring Supplies 

Bring these helpful documents and information when meeting about potential job opportunities.  

  • Extra copies of your resume 
  • Your pitch 
  • Business cards 
  • Professional portfolio 

Tip 2: Be Confident 

The People of the Port Career Fair will offer you many opportunities to connect and network with recruiters, industry professionals, and peers.  

  • Plan on speaking confidently about what you are looking for as well as your skills, experience, and interests. 
  • Exchange contact information like business cards and connect on professional networking platforms. 

Tip 3: Have an Open Mind 

If you have a shortlist of organizations you want to meet, it's recommended you connect with them first. However, you never know what opportunities await. 

  • Connect and learn about as many people and organizations as you can.  
  • Do not overlook lesser-known organizations.