Diversity Hiring: Language Talent Network

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Opening Date: March 19, 2018

Closing Date: When a sufficient candidate pool has been reached

Job Summary

This is NOT a vacancy announcement. By submitting your resume and questionnaire, you are joining our repository of interested applicants who can be considered to fill current and future Independent Contract Linguist opportunities. Contract Linguists are independent contractors who provide language services to the FBIs Foreign Language Program.

Locations: Opportunities Available Nationwide

Working Hours: Normal business hours are 9:00am 5:00pm, but hours may vary

Salary: Pay is hourly based on FBI tested language qualifications and language(s)

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance
  • This opportunity requires a hearing examination
  • Some travel may be required
  • Applicants must agree to be tested by the FBI Language Testing and Resources Unit. Contract Linguists at the FBI translate audio and written materials in summary and/or verbatim forms. They are also occasionally asked to interpret. In order to ensure Contract Linguists can meet the demands of the job, they must pass a language test battery, consisting of a series of language tests.


The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties

  • Translates and interprets a foreign language into English and vice versa.
  • Verbatim translations and summaries are from written or recorded material.
  • As required, interprets during polygraph examinations. Must be familiar with the equipment and techniques associated with the polygraph. In the event of a hostage or terrorist situation, may be called upon to take part in negotiations.
  • Responsible for handling all requests for translations and interpretations from within the field office, other field offices, HQ, Legal Attaches, state, local and federal government agencies.
  • Interprets during interviews/interrogations for investigative personnel.
  • Performs necessary research to find correct terms and to understand the nature of the material translated.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure any language-based experience and education can be identified in your resume including experience in translating, interpreting, or other work requiring the use of English and a foreign language, training at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Service Institute, or other comparable training .

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1 – Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking Apply Now and then Register Now or log in using your existing applicant account

Step 2 – Paste your text resume in the space provided. The website supports Rich-Text formatting.

Step 3 – Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.

Step 4 – Complete the Talent Network assessment questionnaire.

Step 5 – Complete all sections requested and submit your interest.

Required Documents

To submit your interest, applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant Language work experience
  2. A complete assessment questionnaire, including stated language(s) and self-assessment
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
  • Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the “Attachments” step

Step 2: Click “Add Attachment”

Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or “Other” if one is not available)

Step 4: Populate the Attachment Purpose field. Click “Continue”

Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located

Step 6: Upload the desired attachment

Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process, click the “+” on the “Attachments” step

To attach documentation to your Global Profile, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Log into your FBI Jobs account and click “My Submissions”

Step 2: Click “Add Attachment” field located under the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section

Step 3: Follow steps 3-6 above

What to Expect Next

Once your complete submission is received we will compare your language abilities and skills to the FBIs needs. If selected, you will be contacted by your local field office to schedule language testing. DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT SELECTED MAY NOT BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE STATUS OF THEIR APPLICATIONS. Your application will remain active in the system for one year. If you are not contacted within one year to schedule language testing, you may reapply to be reconsidered for the opportunity.

Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide requested information may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this opportunity. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

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