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Multilingual Translators at Wikimedia Foundation


Our Communications Translators group within the Wikimedia Foundation supports translation of the organization’s communications materials. The group is a pilot being coordinated by the Wikimedia Foundation Communications department. Members will be able to select, based on their availability, which translation projects to participate in. Translation projects will focus on speedy translations of communication materials developed by the Wikimedia Foundation for organizational use from English into target languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish). Each target language will have 3-6 translators to rotate between project assignments.

The translators will be paid (subject to certain legal terms) after providing translations within a set timeline and with satisfactory quality and accuracy of the translations. Compensation will be project based (on each page of English translation text, taking on average two hours to translate).  These projects are fully remote and will require the use of your own computer and internet access.

We would like you to be able to:

  • Translate organization materials from English into your target language
  • Review the translation work of overs in your language for quality
  • Provide translations of common Wikimedia terms

We would like you to have these skills:

  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in the language you will be translating into
  • Experience communicating within the Wikimedia movement

And it would be even better if you:

  • Have experience with Translate extension in use on Meta-Wiki and other multilingual wikis
  • Have experience with WordPress or other content management systems

The Wikimedia Foundation is… 

…the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

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