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Current Job Opportunity

Date: December 4, 2012

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Position Number: 10577 & 10579 (Spanish); 10584 & 10588 (Creole)

Position Title: Court Interpreter

Job Location: Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range: $2,756.38 - $5,237.12 (Monthly*)

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

The essential function of the position within the organization is to interpret legal proceedings for non-English speaking or hearing impaired persons to ensure due process. The position is responsible for interpreting the spoken or written word from a source language to a target language, translating court evidence to a target language, testifying as an expert witness regarding accuracy of translated documents or tapes, and collecting statistical data. The position works under direct supervision according to set procedures.

Education and Training Guidelines:

Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis and additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.

Bachelor’s degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field and two year of court/legal related experience.

**Requires appropriate Court Interpreter qualification/certification.


Data Responsibility:
Compiles, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.

People Responsibility:
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion; persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.

Assets Responsibility:
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.

Communications Requirements:
Reads scientific and technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and legal documents; writes complex translations; makes presentations to professional groups.

Complexity of Work:
Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units or citizens.

Equipment Usage:
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as recording equipment, computer or telephone.

Safety of Others:
Requires some responsibility for safety of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety.

Special Comments:

*Successful applicants must have passed Florida Consortium exam.

*Successful applicants are required to work at any of the five Palm Beach county Courthouse locations on a rotation basis.

How to Apply:

Submit a current and complete State of Florida application, cover letter (3 copies each) and verification of required education (i.e., copy of college degree or college transcript) to:

Germaine Z. English, Chief of Personnel Services
205 N. Dixie Highway, 5th FL
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone:  561-355-2154
Fax:  561-355-6711


An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.