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In Person Interpreter Job Description

207 Interpreters facilitate communication between parties who speak two different languages. They do this by interpreting and re-communicating verbally from one language into another.

Most of the Interpretation work is performed in the following settings, educational services social services, government conference / events, and hospitals. A handful of work is performed within healthcare / medical settings


This is a Per Diem Position is Per Diem.

We schedule Most jobs in advance. Our Interpreters dispatch from home and submit their time sheets electronically.

As a per-Diem employee, the interpreter’s hours may vary from week to week depending on need and how much or little the interpreter wishes to work. Meaning the Interpreter may chose to decline assignments depending on the individual’s schedule, lifestyle and or type of assignment.

A per-Diem interpreter is paid by the hour, and is not part of the regular staff, and not eligible for employer benefits. As such, the per-Diem hourly rate may be higher because there are no benefits.

Interpreter Duties and Responsibilities 

In order to interpret communications, an Interpreter performs many different tasks.


Translate Verbal Communications

The bulk of an Interpreters job is to translate verbal communications, usually in real time. This includes speeches at conferences and events, meetings, classes and training sessions, or individual communications between two people or small groups of people. It is crucial that they interpret accurately and quickly in real time without leaving out or changing any information that is being communicated.

Translate Onsite Written Communications

Interpreters also translate written communications. These can include anything from documents and forms to meeting notes to emails to presentations. It’s important that they effectively communicate the meaning of the text and maintain its core message.


Interpreter Skills

Because communication is the job of an Interpreter, they must have fantastic communication abilities, verbal and written, in English and the Target Language. The interpreter must be personable and have great relationship-building skills, allowing them to effectively communicate and build relationships with both parties. Empathy and an awareness of other cultures is crucial to being a successful Interpreter.

Core skills: Up to – $30 Minimum per assignment

  1. Possessing a minimum 2-year College
  2. Have some relevant experience.
  3.  Fluency in the two English and Target Language
  4. Demonstrate interpreter abilities
  5. Showing knowledge of cultures involved
  6. Be comfortable with public speaking
  7. Must complete an interpreting certificate program within 6-months of  employment

Advanced skills: Up to – $39 Minimum per assignment

  1. Bachelor’s degree in language being interpreted Or Associate degree in Interpreting  or National Certification Or Completing an interpreting certificate program + 1 year experience Or 4-years Prior interpreter experience with spoken word.
  2. Industry-specific knowledge


A company of Interpreters by Interpreters

At 207 Interpreters, we believe in high-quality language interpreters. That quality begins with a solid foundation, training, backed by a team of dedicated and passionate people.

In our line of work, lives are on the line, and therefore our in house and third party screening process is thorough.