Compass Interpreters, the interpretation and translation department of the Refugee Center is currently accepting applications for on-call medical interpreters.
A five (5) week medical interpreter training course will be offered on the following dates:
September – 14, 22, 28
October – 5, 12
Chosen participants must attend all five classes and pass an exam to be qualified as a medical interpreter. Compass Interpreters does not offer the Medical Interpreter Training course to the general community. Only individuals who Compass Interpreters would like to hire are asked to participate in the training course. You must submit an application to be considered (In addition to the application you can also submit a resume, CV, or any certificates or diplomas).
1) Download the pdf. or word version of the application. Send the completed form to
309 Genesee St. (Park Ave Entrance)
Utica, NY 13501
2) Scan or e-mail your completed application to email@example.com
3) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
4) Stop by the Refugee Center, located at 309 Genesee St. (Park Ave Entrance) to pick up an application.
All current, available positions are on call (per diem) hourly. However, we do have some interpreters, depending on their language and availability, who work just as many hours as our full time staff during the week.
All interpreters going to medical appointments must complete and pass the nationally recognized Bridging the Gap, Medical Interpreter Training Course. This course is offered on an as needed basis for the agency. All individuals who we ask to participate in the class are individuals who we expect to hire as interpreters. For this reason we do not charge individuals who we ask to participate in the class a fee. However, those who do participate in the course must sign a non-compete agreement which states they can not work for a direct competitor of the agency for up to two years after being trained.
Our decision to hire an individual is based on language skills, availability, access to transportation, prior medical or interpreting experience and additional professional experience. Given our history as an agency founded on the principals of refugee resettlement we do not require interpreters to have higher education degrees or certificates at the time of applying.
Compass Interpreters provides verbal language support for a wide range of service providers including but not limited to Hospitals/Clinics, Health Departments, Social Service Agencies (including home visits), Mental Health facilities, School Districts, Courts, Lawyers, and other organizations involved with the justice system.
Compass Interpreters also translates written documents from one language (source language) to another (target language). If you would like to work solely as a translator, or if you have the skills to work as both an interpreter and a translator please indicate in the appropriate place on your application. Individuals wishing to translate must have computer skills and be able to type in both English and their native language.