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Veteran Resources

The City of Long Beach is committed to helping Veterans and their families get connected with current job opportunities and additional resources available to them at the local, federal, and state level. You have served your country and we understand the unique challenges faced by Veterans and their families. Let us help you with your next opportunity.

Veteran Employee Testimonials 

There are over 50 Veteran employees working at various levels for the City of Long Beach. These employees provided service in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and Reserves. Here are some words from our Veteran employees.

Adelita Lopez

Adelita Lopez
Technology and Innovation Dept., Community Program Specialist IV

"I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve my Country through international deployments with the U.S. Navy and to now leverage those experiences to serve our community locally in Long Beach."

Sarah Green

Sarah Green
Fire Department, Administrative Officer

"I started working for the City of Long Beach three months after I got out of the Army, and it has been a great place to work as a Veteran. Each Veteran’s Day, I receive heartfelt appreciation for my service from fellow employees. But, more importantly, my time and experience in the service is consistently recognized throughout the year as a contributing factor to my value as an employee and a leader."

Rudy Garcia

Rudy Garcia
Police Department, Sergeant

"I am grateful to work for a city that supports and values Veteran employees like myself. The City of Long Beach has provided me with an ideal environment where I can thrive and utilize my skills and experience to best serve our community."

Reggie Harrison

Reggie Harrison
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, Director 

"The positive influence my military career has had on my civilian career is clear and impactful. As a military Veteran, at an early age, I had real-world life experiences and acquired skillsets that I could immediately apply to my civilian responsibilities. Those skillsets prepared me for the complexities of my career in government and the importance of working together as a team. I am proud to be a U.S. military officer and Veteran, (R) LTC."

Fred Verdugo

Fred Verdugo 
Human Resources Department, Deputy Director 

"I am appreciative to work for an organization that creates an environment that values and supports a diverse workforce. The City of Long Beach provides access to several resources and creates pathways for Veterans to continue their passion for public service with opportunities for professional growth."

Job Seeking at the City of Long Beach

It can be difficult to begin the job search process,so here is a step-by-step resource guide that is designed to make this process easier. 

Step 1 - Identify Your Top Skills Step 2 - Create a Resume & Cover Letter Step 3 - Find Open Positions & Start Applying Step 4- Interview Prep

How to create a Government Jobs account

To apply for a position at the City of Long Beach you must submit all applications through Governmentjobs.com. If you do not have an account on GovernmentJobs.com, check out this video tutorial on how to create a Government Jobs account and begin your application process.

Are you a Veteran interested in working for the City of Long Beach? APPLY TODAY! 

For general inquiries regarding employment, please email HR-TalentAcquisition@longbeach.gov.


Veteran Resource Centers

  • Long Beach Veterans Commission

    The Long Beach Veterans Commission celebrates and honors Veterans and advises City Council on matters concerning Veterans in our City. Check out their page for what they do, who they represent, and their newly developed Veterans Strategic Plan. The Veterans Commission website provides resources for education, employment, housing/homelessness, mental health and more. Visit the Veterans Commission page here

  • City of Long Beach - Civil Service

    In 2021, the City made an update on a major City Charter amendment, passed by the City Council a decade ago, to afford additional Civil Service points for veterans, disabled veterans, and spouses of disabled veterans. Check out the detailed update

    The Civil Service Department determines whether those seeking to work for the City of Long Beach are qualified to do the job for which they are applying. This is done through an application and selection process in which applicants are asked to describe their qualifications and are tested to determine if they possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities for that particular job.

    Each year, the Civil Service Department accepts thousands of applications for City of Long Beach jobs and administers various examinations for different jobs, such as written tests, oral interviews, training and experience evaluations and performance tests. At the end of each testing process, a list of eligible candidates is created and City departments hire people for jobs from these eligible lists. Visit the Civil Service webpage for more information. 

  • Long Beach Public Library (LBPL)

    Visit the list of curated resources to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability, and other benefits that may be available to you and your family. Check out their resources here.

  • Pacific Gateway - Services for Veterans

    Pacific Gateway helps jobseekers, including Veterans, access career development, training, and job placement resources. Check out their services here or visit Pacific Gateway's - Services for Veterans website for more information.   

    Services provided: 

    • Career counseling - One-on-one counseling, assessment tools, labor market information, career exploration, and planning

    • Job Search - Résumé assistance, interview preparation, networking, job search strategies, job fairs, and hiring events

    • Training and Education - Training, certifications, and apprenticeship opportunities 

    • Technology – Access to computers, internet, Wi-Fi, copiers, printers, phones, and fax at Pacific Gateway's career center, the WorkPlace. 

  • CSULB Veterans Services

    The CSULB's veteran and military-affiliated student support center is available to assist veterans in a new mission - Earning a Degree. They help service members, veterans, and eligible dependents access the educational benefits they earned by serving in the armed forces of the United States. Visit CSULB's resource center here for more information. 

  • U.S. Vets

    U.S. Vets provides assistance in housing, employment opportunities, and mental health and wellness services. They envision all veterans and their families shall have their needs met to regain and maintain productive independence. With a location here in Long Beach, CA they are able to provide resources to the local veterans in our city. Visit the U.S. Vets page here

  • CalVet

    California offers a variety of employment services and benefits to veterans who are unemployed or seeking employment including employment services to help you find a job, unemployment benefits while you are seeking employment, and apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs that pay you while you prepare for a sustainable career. Visit the CalVet page for more information. 

    For assistance please call your County Veteran Service Office or CalVet (800) 952-5626.

  • U.S. Department of Labor

    VETS is committed to helping America's veterans, separating service members and military families by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights. Visit the VETS page here