The Northwest Seaport Alliance — the operating partnership between the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle — is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer military veterans local careers.

The “Guardians of the Gateway” career workshop, set for 1-3 the Conference Center at SeaTac International Airport, is aimed at offering veterans expedited and preferential hiring, as well as locational preference to ensure a job in Puget Sound.

“Jobs at our seaports and airport offer numerous opportunities for veterans and transitional military personnel,” read an excerpt from the NWSA’s monthly Breakwater newsletter, “from police teams such as K-9, dive team, bomb disposal and marine patrol to container terminal security officers.”

The free workshop will include employer representatives who will brief veterans and transitioning military personnel on application processes, salaries and benefits, open positions and career growth opportunities.