Jobs in Lancaster, California, United States

Location and Population

Lancaster and Palmdale constitute a twin city complex in Antelope Valley, located just 9 miles apart on the edge of the Mojave Desert, north of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County. Lancaster’s estimated population in 2016 was 160,000, with 11 percent foreign-born. The ethnic mix is comprised of Non-Hispanic Whites (37%), Hispanics (36%) and Non-Hispanic Blacks/African Americans (20%). Median household income has declined marginally since 2000 and is currently well below the statewide figure and slightly lower than the nationwide figure. Unemployment increased only slightly between 2000 and 2015, but though the cost of living is low, the poverty rate, already extremely high in 2000, had risen to almost a quarter of the population by 2015.

Origins

The town of Lancaster was founded by a real estate developer in 1884. Agriculture, construction work and mining were the mainstays of the economy until the 1930s, when the Air Force established a base north of Lancaster for testing military aircraft in the Mojave Desert. In the 1960s and 70s, manufacturing facilities for military and commercial aircraft on the outskirts of Palmdale provided employment for thousands of workers. Lancaster, the Valley’s main urban center, grew from a town of 26,000 in 1960 to 48,000 in 1980, and incorporated as a city in 1977.

Economy

Since the 1980s, affordable housing has attracted an influx of commuters and aerospace industries in Palmdale, Edwards Air Force Base, and the commercial Mojave Air & Space Port continue to provide employment. The California State Prison which opened in Lancaster in 1993 became a major employer, but many former inmates remained in Lancaster after release and families of inmates also relocated there, contributing to the increase in poverty. Lancaster is also a college town. Besides Antelope Valley College (a two-year community college since 1929), California State University, Bakersfield and two recently-accredited private institutions offer bachelor and master’s degrees. Several business parks house corporate offices, service industries and retail establishments. Lancaster has made alternative energy a major focus, and a Chinese firm, BYD Motors, has manufactured electric vehicles and batteries there since 2013. Much of the city’s infrastructure is solar-powered and all new homes have solar panels.

Character

The Antelope Valley Freeway (US 14) creates a socio-economic divide between the east and west sides of Lancaster. In the western hills, the air is clean and housing is high quality yet affordable. The city has developed Lancaster Boulevard as a high-end shopping, dining and entertainment zone, and invested in tournament-level sports facilities (Big 8 Softball Complex, National Soccer Center) to earn revenue. In the impoverished east side, law enforcement focuses on keeping the city safe, although some recreational facilities are also being developed there.

What Makes Lancaster Special

ARTS AND CULTURE

Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theater: Well-designed college theater used for performances put on by the college’s theater and music departments.
Lancaster Museum of Art and History: A gallery that shows carefully-curated exhibits of modern art, often themed on topics related to Lancaster’s history, culture and environment.
Lancaster Performing Arts Center: Small but well-designed venue with good seating and acoustics on The BLVD, with shows by local artists and groups as well as visiting performers.

EVENTS

California Poppy Festival: An Earth Day event held in the City Park featuring many activities spread across the park grounds, and informative materials on native wildflowers.

SHOPPING, FOOD

The BLVD, Lancaster: A well-planned, pedestrian-friendly renovation of Lancaster Boulevard, integrating sidewalk music, center median parking, offices, shops, fine dining, performing arts, museums, cinema and frequent street fairs, farmers’ markets and special events. SPORTS, RECREATION

OUT OF DOORS

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: A protected area with marked trails 15 miles west of Lancaster where poppies and other desert wildflowers grow in their natural state.
Apollo Community Regional Park: A desert park with stocked lakes good for fishing and bird-watching, play and picnic areas and cement trails for walking, biking and skating.
Lancaster City Park (renamed Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park in 2016): A large park with plenty of walking trails, softball fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, skateboarding, a big playground, picnic areas and a community center – always full of people.
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve: An urban enclave with 3 miles of trails and an Interpretive Center providing information about native plant life and its preservation.
Tierra Bonita Park: A public space with all-new equipment for playgrounds, splash pool and outdoor exercise areas, playing fields and beautiful trails on the east side.
The Hangar: A ballpark built in 1996 to house the Lancaster Jet Hawks, a minor league baseball team. The stadium and adjacent pavilion are also used for many special events.
Sierra Highway Bike Trail, Lancaster Segment: Bike path linking Lancaster and Palmdale.

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Sales Partnerships, Inc.
Sales Partnerships, Inc. recruits, trains, and manages sales teams on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. We are built by salespeople for salespeople. We are currently hiring Field Marketing Agents to become ...
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Volunteers of America Los Angeles
About Us: VOALA Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building ...
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Children's Bureau - California
JOB TITLE: Associate Director of Mental Health – North County DEPARTMENT: Mental Health REPORTS TO (Title): Director of Mental HealthSUMMARY OF POSITION: The Associate Director of Mental Health has overall ...
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Quanticate
Overview Quanticate are excited to be expanding into the GTA and we are looking for Senior Programmers to come and join us! We have a mixture of Office & Home Based roles, and we are hoping to have a chat with you ...
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OfficeTeam
Start working as an Office Assistant today!We have an ongoing opportunity for a local company looking to hire a highly-skilled and motivated Office Assistant / Administrative Assistant to provide support with various ...
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ProCare Hospice
BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER!Are you a caring, service oriented individual who is seeking ways to become more involved in the community?PROCARE HOSPICE NEEDS YOU!ProCare Hospice is committed to quality and compassionate ...
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Echo Project Management Group Inc.
We are seeking a Research Recruiter to join our team! You will perform activities in the recruiting department from recruiting new respondents for paid medical market research that have signed up to be called to sending ...
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Hayward Unified School District
ABOUT OUR STORE: What better place to share your love for pets than in our stores? With so many opportunities under one roof, you'll be sure to find a career path that inspires you. As the Department Manager for ...
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Title: Early Education SpecialistLOCATED IN ANTELOPE VALLEYReports to: Supervisor of Community OrganizingSummary: Preschool without Walls is a program designed for children ages 0 – 5 and their parents or ...
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Lowes Companies
Title - DO NOT EDIT: Receiver/Stocker Department: 0601 - Receiving Location #: 2502 Job Description: Position DescriptionResponsible for distributing and stocking merchandise throughout the store including caring for ...
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CRST Expedited - Students California
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Apria Healthcare LLC
Apria Healthcare’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our patients at home. We are looking for empathetic, thoughtful and compassionate people, to meet the needs of our patients.   Already an ...
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Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd
Oversees employees and directs operations of Hearing Center. Participates in Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser duties. Provides a high level of member service.
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Motel 6
We are adding to our Clean Team for our iconic Motel 6/Studio 6 property. These individuals play an important part in achieving our promise to deliver a clean, comfortable room to every guest. The Clean Team focuses on ...
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Reyes Holdings
Delivery Supervisor - RCCB+ Job ID #:19173+ Position Type:Full Time+ Location:LANCASTER, CA+ Shift:Shift 1 (Day)+ Department:Drivers and Transportation+ Education Required:HS Diploma/GED+ Experience Required:1 - 3 ...
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Island Hospitality Management
Hampton Inn & Suites Lancaster a leader in the hospitality industry, is seeking an energetic Housekeeper. This position must be available to work any shift and day of the week. You will be responsible for changing ...
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Job Summary and Mission This position contributes to Starbucks success by assisting the store manager in executing store operations during scheduled shifts.This job deploys partners and delegates tasks so that partners ...
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ICR Staffing Services
Following directions from their crew lead and managers.Install all photo-voltaic system components.Assembling the racking and solar array.Assembly of equipment pertaining to the project.Roof work.Trenching.Concrete ...
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Community Organizer new Add to Favorites
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Title: Community OrganizerPOSITION IS LOCATED IN ANTELOPE VALLEYReports To: Supervisor of Community OrganizingSummary: Under the direction of the Director of Community Organizing, the Community Organizer is responsible ...
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Wo Holdings
Overview Job Summary Maintains and replenishes stock in a safe and efficient manner to meet customer purchasing needs. Consistently provides world class customer service to internal and external customers. Generally ...
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