Job: Court Interpreter - Spanish Speaking (Open and Promotional)

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Job Title:Court Interpreter - Spanish Speaking (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 10/17/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:See Position Description
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Court Interpreter (Spanish-Speaking).

NOTE: This will provide the required five-day notice that this continuous recruitment will be closing.  The closing date is October 17, 2017. (Posted October 6, 2017)

Please note:  This Job Announcement was amended on August 11, 2016 to reflect an increase in the hourly wage for the position.  The correct hourly wage for Court Interpreters is $36.74.

The main focus of this position is to provide simultaneous interpretation of court proceedings to Spanish-speaking parties. In addition, Court Interpreters may perform a wide variety of other language interpretation activities on an assigned and as needed basis for the Court, litigants and the public. There are currently three part-time positions available.

Note: This position requires certification as a Court Interpreter with the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California. For more information on how to become certified as a Court Interpreter, please visit the Superior Court of California web site at

The hourly rate for this position is: $36.74.

The eligible list generated from this recruitment could be used to fill current and future positions, including full-time and part-time positions. If you are interested in working for the Superior Court of California, in San Mateo County as a Court Interpreter (Spanish Speaking), you are encouraged to apply.

Certification Requirement:
  • Certification as a Court Interpreter with the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of California.
Language Requirement:
  • The ability to speak, read and write fluently in English and Spanish is required for this position.
Knowledge of:
  • Interpreter ethics and standards, as stipulated in California Rules of Court, Rule 984.4.
  • Professional Conduct of Interpreters.
  • Correct usage of grammar in both English and Spanish.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Concentrate and deliver interpreting services in a busy and fast-paced environment.
  • Adjust to speakers with differing voices and accents at varying rates of speed.
  • Travel to different court locations using own vehicle or utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to travel to different work locations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all levels of judicial, professional, administrative and support personnel.
  • Adhere to the professional code of ethics and protocols as stipulated in California Rules of Court.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Operate office equipment, including computer, telephone and copiers.

Anyone may apply.  Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Important: The supplemental questionnaire must be completed in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based solely on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. A screening committee will select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a departmental interview (weight: 100%) which may include a writing and/or performance exercise(s) given before, during or after the interview. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be held in San Mateo County, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

IMPORTANT: This is a continuous recruitment.  The screening of applications and subsequent interviews will occur in an ongoing process.  The position can be filled at anytime.  If you are interested in the position of Court Interpreter we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All applicants will be notified of their status throughout the process.

NOTE: This continuous recruitment will now close on October 17, 2017. 

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the time frame will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Chet Overstreet (040615) (Court Interpreter - X065)

Keywords: court, bilingual, interpreter, Spanish, certified

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