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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.
Working at the Port
Diversity, Equity and InclusionDiversity, 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.
Equal Employment Opportunity EmployerEqual Employment Opportunity Employer
The Port of San Diego firmly believes in and is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. It is the policy of the Port to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to age (over 40), ancestry, color, disability (mental or physical), gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.
Professional DevelopmentProfessional 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
- 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
Summer Student WorkersSummer Student Workers
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 PortIntern 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.
Sea Grant FellowsSea 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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Human Resources Department
The Human Resources Department provides support and assistance; 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, employee events, personnel file management, labor relations and retirement services, in a proactive manner.
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.
To provide superior Human Resources services and programs that attract, motivate and retain the talented employees necessary to achieve the Port's Strategic Business Plan and the mission of the Strategic Activity Areas.
To promote a culture that recognizes the Port as the preferred employer. Our success will be achieved through creditable professionals dedicated to teamwork, diversity, integrity and superior customer service.
Please see our Public Records page for needed Human Resource documents. If you are unable to locate what you need, contact Human Resources at 619.686.6315.
Employment verification: We do not accept phone calls for employment verification. Please fax your request to 619.686.6408