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Target Local Hire


What is the Targeted Local Hire Program?

The Targeted Local Hire Program (TLH) creates an alternate job pathway into City civil service via full-time, paid, on-the-job training for entry-level City positions. TLH provides individuals an opportunity to be randomly selected for referral to City departments in order to participate in their hiring process and be considered for entry-level jobs. If hired as a City employee through the Program, candidates will have an initial 6 month on-the-job training period (full-time, paid, benefits), followed by a 6 month probationary period. Once the probationary period is successfully completed, the candidate is transitioned to full-time regular civil service employment.

Who is the Program for?

TARGETED POPULATIONS. Though anyone may apply, the Targeted Local Hire Program seeks to target and recruit individuals from the vulnerable and underserved populations below:

Targeted Populations

What Kind of Jobs are Available?

Targeted Local Hire Program candidates may choose to apply for Vocational Worker, which leads into nine (9) job classification pathways that include: Custodian, Gardener Caretaker, Garage Attendant, Maintenance Labor, Tree Surgeon Assistant, Street Services Worker, Animal Care Technician, Warehouse and Toolroom Worker or Animal License Canvasser. They may also choose to apply for Office Trainee, which leads to Administrative Clerk or Delivery Driver. Candidates must successfully pass a six (6) month on-the-job training period, and then a six (6) month probationary period prior to full civil service transition. As each of the positions in the TLH Program are entry-level, there are no minimum requirements to apply.

Initial hire is to a Vocational Worker or Office Trainee position, which offers:

  • Full-time employment
  • At least $15.00 an hour
  • Benefits (health, retirement, and commute options)
  • On the job training & development

Applicants need:

  • Interest in one of the City career pathways below
  • To be deemed "job ready" by one of the TLH Program's Referral Agencies
  • Legal right to work in the U.S.
  • In accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, candidates must meet the minimum requirement of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to being hired by the hiring City department. The ordinance is available at
  • Additional requirements may apply

Available Job Pathways:

Career ladder for the Vocational Worker pathways


* Note: additional promotional opportunities may be available through other City civil service exams and career ladders, including lateral opportunities.


For more information regarding careers offered in the Targeted Local Hire Program, please see our TLH Career Ladder Poster

How Do I Apply?

All candidates for both the Targeted Local Hire Program and the Bridge to Jobs Program must participate in a job readiness assessment/screening and be deemed job ready by a Referral Agency. If deemed job ready, candidates will receive a signed Agency Referral Form.

After obtaining an appropriately signed Agency Referral Form, candidates must contact an Application Site to schedule an LA Local Hire Program Orientation & Application Session. During the session, approved candidates will receive an orientation to both programs and submit their online Program Application(s). Applicants without a valid Agency Referral Form or referral code (unique code assigned at the Application Sites) will be disqualified.

To schedule an appointment with a Referral Agency, click here to find the location nearest you.


For information on how to apply to the Targeted Local Hire Program and next steps, please see our Application Checklist

How Am I Selected for Hire?


APPLICATION POOL & RANDOM SELECTION. Once a program application has been approved, it is placed into the Applicant Pool. When vacancies are available, departments will request a list of candidates to consider for hire. Candidates in the Applicant Pool are then randomly selected* to be referred to the department for hiring consideration.

* The Application Pool is split into two Tiers. Tier 1 consists of those candidates who have identified as one or more of the above targeted categories; Tier 2 are candidates who do not identify or choose not to identify in any of the targeted categories. When a City department has an entry-level vacancy to fill, it may request a Referral List from either Program. Staff will filter the Application Pool based on the candidate's job preferences (as indicated on the Program Application). From the filtered list, candidates will be randomly selected. The Referral List provided to the department will consist of 80% Tier 1 applicants and 20% Tier 2 applicants. For example, a Referral List of ten (10) randomly selected candidates will have eight (8) - Tier 1 candidates and two (2) - Tier 2 candidates. The Referral List is then forwarded to the City department for hiring consideration. 

There is no guarantee of a referral or a job under these Programs. Staff is unable to indicate a timeframe for when an applicant would potentially be referred or even hired, as it is all based on available vacancies and random selection. All applications in the Pool will be valid for one year; approximately thirty days before the expiration date, candidates will be notified by e-mail of their renewal options.

For information on the City's current job opportunities:

Find the nearest Referral Agency or Application Site