The Port Authority of NY & NJ is dedicated to hiring veterans and providing a rewarding career. We value the unique skill sets and discipline that you possess: leadership, grit, commitment—characteristics sought after by the Port Authority and embedded within you. Learn more about the Port Authority’s goal to expand opportunities for Veterans and how we support Veteran employees in our principal statement.
The Port Authority is a natural home for veterans. We offer you a variety of opportunities to apply the skills learned in the military in a direct and meaningful way. We offer jobs that provide stability and the potential for long-term career growth. At the Port Authority you’ll find a team of people that are aligned to one mission - to serve. Our employees are proud of the work they do, they are rooted in the agency’s traditions and history and they uphold the highest levels of integrity. Veterans can continue their career in public service in a number of different areas of the agency, including the following:
Learn more about where you may fit by visiting our Skills Translator here.
The Port Authority is proud to work with the organizations listed below to expand our reach to highly qualified military talent, either by way of specialized searches, posting on job boards, and attending career fairs and networking events. In addition, some of these organizations will lend additional support by providing education services to our employees and managers who are working to create an engaging and inclusive environment in which all employees can excel.
Stability at the workplace is something everyone can get behind. The Port Authority provides this through its robust benefits package, which includes a retirement plan, a competitive salary, a strong work-life balance, a range of developmental training programs and a generous tuition reimbursement program. The Port Authority also accommodates military leave for eligible employees. We understand and value the sacrifice that military personnel provide to the nation, and we will support your service should you be called to active duty.
Here at the Port Authority of NY & NJ, we not only recognize the invaluable service to our great country by our military veterans, but also their spouses too. Military life can be demanding on a family and we strive to provide opportunities for military spouses who have sacrificed so much for their country.
We are proud to continue our commitment to keep the region moving by integrating military spouses into our workforce.
Thank you for your service!
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Veterans bring dedication, unparalleled experience and many other highly valued qualities to our agency’s mission. Get to know what brought these veterans to the Port Authority and how they were able to leverage their military backgrounds in transitioning to their current careers.
"The PA is the future of our transportation systems for land, air and sea and, it is an honor to be part of a strong workforce that is constantly evolving."
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Military Position(s)||Fabric Repair Personnel|
Training Administrator and Small Arms Repair
|Active / Inactive Duty||4 years: Active Duty|
4 years: Inactive Ready Reserves
|PA Position||Tolls Supervisor at the Lincoln Tunnel|
|PA Tenure||7 years|
|Previous Positions||Tolls Supervisor|
Tunnel & Bridge Agent
I repaired all military issued items (i.e. field tents, canvas, tarps, Humvee covers etc.); coordinated all annual training for over 200 Marines (i.e. swim qualification, rifle range, physical fitness tests etc.) and repaired and maintained small arms weapons. I also served with the Combat Service Support Group 3 assigned to Kaneohe Bay, HI.
The fact that there are many avenues to explore, as well as promotions from within the agency. Knowing that I could move up through the ranks in the PA, I knew I made the right choice applying because I was not just going for a job. I was setting the foundation for my future career with the agency.
The structure and business lines of the agency compare to that of the armed forces in that, like the military, the PA does follow a hierarchy format with any given situation. Like the military, PA employees represent the agency at all times. Therefore, conducting oneself in a professional manner at all times is highly important. With regard to the business lines of the agency, the PA is known for its customer service. Therefore, ensuring that the public’s needs are met with prompt and courteous customer service is central to maintaining a successful organization.
The PA is the future of our transportation systems for land, air and sea. It is an honor to be part of a strong workforce that is constantly evolving. As the agency adapts to changes in technology, I have the opportunity to grow with the company and be a part of its future development.
Do not let the requirements for a job posting be discouraging. Apply anyway. Apply for all available jobs listed and go on as many interviews, but do not become discouraged if you are not chosen for the job. Keep trying. Do not look at entry-level positions negatively; it is a starting point in deciding which direction to go in next.
"The PA means career to me. It is an agency with so many different, interesting disciplines that one can work in over the length of their career."
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Military Position(s)||Company Commander|
Artillery Battery Executive Officer
Forward Observer & Joint Fires Observer
|Active / Inactive Duty||5 years: Active Duty|
2013 – Present: Reserves
|PA Position||2015 Leadership Fellow|
My first billet was as a Forward Observer and Joint Fires Observer with an Infantry Company deployed to Afghanistan. During this time, I was responsible for artillery, mortars, and close air support for my company, as well as coordinating the medical evacuations with incoming aircraft for wounded Marines.
My second billet was as an Artillery Battery Executive Officer that deployed as part of a Battalion Landing Team on a Marine Expeditionary Unit. During this time, I was the position commander during live fire exercises, as well as a lead coordinator for the battery during operations in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Currently, I am serving as the Company Commander for a truck company in the Marine Corps Reserves, as well as the Air Base Ground Defense Officer for a helicopter squadron.
I love the fact that the PA is a crucial part of key infrastructure in the area that I live. Working at the PA enables me to have a real impact on the economic development and the lives of people in the place that I call my home. This enables me to continue serving a greater good, which is personally important to me.
The most important skill developed in the military is, in my opinion, leadership. Even at the small-unit level in the military, you are gaining invaluable experience and skills in regards to leading others. Additionally, my missions prepared me to deal with some ambiguity that challenged me to creatively figure out a solution and allocate resources whether physical or human, which has helped greatly.
The PA means career to me. It is an agency with so many different, interesting disciplines that one can work in over the length of their career.
Do your due diligence and research the agency. See all the different job opportunities available, and chances are you will find something that interests you.
"I did two tours, so I have seen combat and it gives me an advantage because if something critical were to ever happen, I know how to stay focused … and to stay calm. It’s just an advantage, because you kind of already know what to expect."
|Branch||United States Army|
|Military Position(s)||25 Quebec Multichannel Radio Operator/Specialist|
|Active / Inactive Duty||2 years: Active Duty|
6 years: Reserves
|PA Position||Port Authority Police Officer|
|PA Tenure||8 years|
My job was to get the satellite up and running, and putting out computer and phone service to the needed areas.
I always wanted to be in the military. I felt it was a duty to serve my country. The same way that I always knew I wanted to be a police officer since I was a little girl.
Ever since I could remember, I always knew I wanted to work in the field of Law enforcement. I applied to different agencies but the Port Authority always stood out. I always heard great things about the company and always had pleasant encounters with their employees. I am proud to be a Port Authority employee and all the opportunities they have given me and I realized how military friendly they are.
It is useful for me because we do weapons training, and I did a lot of training in the military. I did two tours, so I have seen combat and it gives me an advantage because if something critical were to ever happen, I know how to stay focused … and to stay calm. It’s just an advantage, because you kind of already know what to expect.
Stay focused. Veterans have an advantage because they are skilled in specific areas, well trained, and proficient. Make sure that you stay away from military jargon when submitting a resume.