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Help us connect San Diego to the world.

Join our team, and help make the Port a memorable place for the millions of people who work, play or stay here each year.



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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. 

Port of San Diego Careers

Working for the Port of San Diego means being part of an organization that has served the people of California for over fifty years. The Port is a protector of the environment, an innovator for businesses and a host to millions of residents and visitors each year. Excelling in our various roles takes a team of over 550 dedicated employees.

The Port is a self-funded, public benefit corporation. While we have the authority to tax, we have not done so since 1970, instead relying on innovative business practices to sustain our agency and provide public service amenities. Our company culture reflects this spirit of independence and forward-thinking aimed at continuous improvement of community service.

In addition to the opportunity to build upon our dynamic waterfront and be part of a unique 21st Century Port, we offer an extensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid leave, tuition reimbursement, gym access, commuter pass reimbursement and employer-matched retirement contributions.

Join our team, and help make the Port a memorable place for the millions of people who work, play or stay here each year.

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Working at the Port

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    At the Port  of San Diego, we work on our culture of inclusion every day to ensure everyone feels welcome. The Port  values diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Embracing diverse representation is essential to innovation and the success of our organization and is why we recruit and retain motivated people with diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities. We do this by listening, learning, and engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our different communities we serve internally and externally. Qualified candidates embrace a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mindset and embrace new perspectives and working with others from different backgrounds and different identities than their own.

    The Port of San Diego firmly believes in and is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination.

  • Professional Development

    Professional Development

    At the Port of San Diego, we support and encourage our employees’ growth and development by offering onsite classes such as:

    • Managing Chaos! Tools to Set Priorities and Get Things Done
    • Business Writing
    • Listening
    • Growing Your People: Coaching and Feedback Skills for Leaders
    • Managing Different Personalities and Difficult Situations
    • Port of San Diego: A Closer Look
    • Meetings Over Easy: How to Have Better, Shorter, More Productive Meetings
    • Having Difficult Conversations
    • Writing & Delivering Performance Evaluations
    • It’s Not My Fault! Building an Accountable Team
  • Student Worker Program

    Student Worker Program

    The Summer Student Worker Program is a great opportunity for students ages 16 to 21 to learn entry-level skills that will help prepare them for future careers. No prior work experience is necessary. Assignments range from indoor office settings to outdoor park environments.

  • Intern at the Port

    Intern at the Port

    The Port Intern Program is a paid internship designed to provide students with on-the-job experience in their area of study by working on projects that will enhance learning and development. Interns are an integral part of our team who have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to important projects under the direction of experts in their field. Various internships are available at the undergraduate and graduate level.

    Apply for an internship in your field. 

  • Sea Grant Fellows

    Sea Grant Fellows

    The Port of San Diego has partnered with the University of California to host Fellows to work with the Port’s Aquaculture & Blue Technology Program and the Planning & Green Port Departments. The Port mentors and provides opportunities for Fellows to be involved in projects and tasks to support their professional and educational goals.

    To learn more about this program and the available opportunities, contact California Sea Grant

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People Services Department

The People Services Department provides support and assistance to the organization; serves Port Management and employees in the areas of learning and professional development opportunities, which is achieved through our corporate university, staff recruiting, employee benefits, leave management, regulatory training, labor law compliance, investigations, employee relations, performance management, workforce planning, employee events, personnel file management, labor relations, and retirement services, in a proactive manner. We provide support to the community through outreach, education and recruitment. 

Salary and compensation information for the Port of San Diego and other public entities in California can be found on the Government Compensation in California (GCC) website.

People Services provides groundbreaking and transformative services to its customers which also helps create an organizational culture that is knowledgeable, all encompassing, evolving, and people focused. 

To be recognized as leaders in applying human resources best practices and innovations to make the Port of San Diego an employer of choice. 


Please see our Public Records page for needed People Services documents. If you are unable to locate what you need, contact People Services at 619.686.6315. 

Employment verification: We do not accept phone calls for employment verification. Please email for your request.