Alternative Paths to Employment

In addition to the traditional examination and civil service process, there are alternative paths to filling certain vacancies, as well as volunteer programs.



LAWA HR hires Community and Administrative Support Workers (CASWs) to work intermittently as temporary office support and today CASWs are paid $19.66 per hour. CASWs may be needed by a Division to cover extended absences, vacations, or peak workloads. A CASW is not intended to permanently replace a regular full-time employee or fill a regular vacancy and may only work 1039 hours in a calendar year. For this reason, a CASW may be placed with a division for a maximum of six (6) months. For more information, please contact Human Resources Services at (424) 646-5900



The Targeted Local Hire (TLH) Program provides an alternative pathway into City civil service jobs and targets individuals who face barriers to employment or otherwise have difficulties succeeding in the civil service examination process. Currently, LAWA is allowed to utilize the TLH Program to fill vacant Custodian, Gardener Caretaker, Garage Attendant, and Administrative Clerk positions. Today, TLH employees earn an hourly rate of:

  • $15.62 - Custodian
  • $18.49 - Gardener Caretaker
  • $17.92 - Garage Attendant
  • $17.52 - Administrative Clerk

Upon hire, the employee is classified as an exempt Vocational Worker or Office Trainee. The employee then serves a six (6) month on-the-job training and assessment period. After six (6) months, the employee is reclassified as an "Assistant" and serves a six (6) month civil service probationary period. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the employee is transferred into the targeted civil service job classification. For more information, please contact Human Resources Services at (424) 646-5900



The City's Personnel Department allows LAWA to recruit candidates from colleges and universities to fill some entry-level engineering vacancies. LAWA representatives attend career and job fairs at local colleges and universities to identify potential engineering candidates. A few weeks later, LAWA returns to the campus to interview the identified candidates. Once candidates are rated and receive an interview score, they are placed on the city-wide eligible list for engineering associate. Under certain conditions, the City's Personnel Department allows a same-day job offer so that the student can begin employment at LAWA immediately. In most instances, entry-level engineers' starting salary is $80,262 per year. To participate in campus recruitment or for information on which engineering disciplines are eligible, please contact Human Resources Services at (424) 646-5900



The Gateways Student Internship Program is a one-year paid internship for college students. Community Relations Division hires 12 Student Professional Workers for part-time jobs at LAX and Van Nuys Airports and they earn $16.77 per hour. Community Relations Division also places unpaid volunteers and international students in certain assignments at LAX and VNY. For more information, please contact Community Relations Division at (424) 646-7450 and/or visit the following webpage:



The Summer Internship Program is a paid summer internship for college students to work at LAX and Van Nuys Airports. This program is in its fourth year and began with 14 interns in 2017 and grew to 50 interns this past summer. Summer interns earn $17.74 per hour and applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020. The internship can coincide with your class schedule and will begin on May 26th and run through September 25th.

For more information, please contact Human Resources Services at (424) 646-5900 or apply here:



The Student Worker Program is a new LAWA program which will launch during the first quarter of 2019 and is aimed at increasing the number of college students at LAWA. Students are recruited from local colleges and universities to work in lieu of specific job classifications (i.e. Management Assistant, Real Estate Associate, Engineering Associate, etc.). To remain in the program, the student must make satisfactory progress towards obtaining their degree while maintaining a minimum grade point average. Students will work year-round for a maximum of five-years. The starting rate is $16. 77 per hour. For more information, please contact Human Resources Services at (424) 646-5900



The Volunteer Information Professionals (VIP) program mission is to assist passengers to ensure a friendly and positive experience at LAX. VIPs are trained on customer service techniques, the latest procedures in airport security and airline check-in procedures, airport services and amenities, travel and hospitality resources, and assistance during emergencies and incidents. Volunteers are recruited from various community organizations and events. Students are also recruited from the Aviation and Aeronautical Program at Westchester High School. For more information, please contact the VIP program at (424) 646-8471 or


The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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