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Volunteer

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our community. Their passion for language and their expertise in technology are the cornerstones of all our initiatives. Their selfless commitment and clear vision of the roadmap that our industry needs to follow are a testament to the merit of a united global language community.

There are many benefits when you join the Translation Commons volunteer community. Collaborate with your fellow peers on any community project you feel passionate about and develop new skills, share your insights and see how the world changes in front of your eyes. There are many benefits when you volunteer in your chosen community; you get to accelerate your career, expand your professional network, learn from experts and forge strong professional relationships. If you are passionate about languages and our work, spread the word by advocating for Translation Commons’ mission.

We encourage those experienced in their fields to volunteer as mentors for those entering the field for the first time. When you look at the volunteer positions and roles you will notice that we have two experience levels: professional and intern.

  • Professional positions require at least 3 years experience either as a freelance linguist or as a localization team member.
  • Intern positions are open to all students and graduates.

 

All the volunteer roles are listed below.

  • In the first section you will find positions dealing with Activities of the Translation Commons website. These activities follow the Translate, Share, Learn modules.
  • In the second section you will find activities relating to the Development of the Translation Commons website.
  • In the third and last section you will find positions relating to Translation. These are divided by language, and the professional positions refer to editors while the intern positions refer to translators.

 

Take a look at currently open positions/roles.

Community Positions

The Community Positions in the Translate, Share and Learn are supervised by TC Advisors

TRANSLATE

  • Professional with 3-5 years experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Contact tool providers, evangelize the TC mission and generate interest in website
    • Expand on current tool offerings by securing academic licenses
    • Liaise with TC developers to add new tools to website
    • Create short step-by-step tutorials to guide users on how to best utilize the tools
  • Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/month
  • Intern, no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Coordinate efforts with Tools Program Manager
    • Gather info on tools providers
    • Research the latest and best language industry free tools
    • Write content for the Help wiki on tools
  • Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/month

SHARE

  • Intern, no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Coordinate efforts with Tools Program Manager
    • Gather info on tools providers
    • Research the latest and best language industry free tools
    • Write content for the Help wiki on tools
  • Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/month
  • Intern; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Assist in activities to recruit new volunteers
    • Assist in the volunteer onboarding process
    • Assist in maintaining volunteer database and documentation
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Professional with 1 year experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Initiate and manage group activities for Think Tanks and Volunteers
    • Inform Social Managers of News
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Intern; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Assist in initiating and managing group activities for Think Tanks and Volunteers
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Professional with 1 year experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Promote engagement on TC forums
    • Moderate community forums
    • Inform Social Managers of News
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Professional with 1 year experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Promote TC’s mission, events and projects on social media channels
    • Communicate via newsletters
    • Gather info and News from all other volunteer groups
    • Work closely with Content Team
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month

LEARN

  • Professional with 1 year experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Facilitate the creation of courses
    • Communicate with Professors and help them use the Learning Center
    • Search and secure free courses on T&I subjects
    • Inform Social Managers of News
    • Liaise with developers to post course contents to website
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Intern; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Assist in facilitating the creation of courses
    • Assist in communicating with Professors and help them use the Learning Center
    • Assist in searching and securing free courses on T&I subjects
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Search for free training materials to publish on TC website
    • Contact content owners, request consent and ensure all copyright laws are followed
  • Time Commitment: 10 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Organize/categorize videos
    • Contact individuals/tool providers to include their videos on the website (coordinate with Tools volunteers)
    • Search and secure links to free video tutorials
  • Time Commitment: 10 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Curate articles
    • Write short descriptions of content
    • Contact content producers to include their articles on the website
  • Time Commitment: 10 hours/month
  • Professional with 3-5 years experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Research internet for free resources and add links, for example: http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/ or dicts.org
    • Work with Tools Program Manager
    • Train and guide interns
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Research and build contact lists of associations
    • Foster relationships, evangelize the TC mission, provide content for members
    • Gather information about opportunities for TC members
    • Post information on TC Translation Hub
  • Time Commitment: 5 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Research and build contact lists of universities
    • Foster relationships, evangelize the TC mission, provide content for members
    • Gather information about opportunities for TC members
    • Post information on TC Translation Hub
  • Time Commitment: 5 hours/month

(the eColo project is coordinated by the eColo committee and TC Advisors meeting monthly)

  • Professional with 3-5 years experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Join monthly meetings and report progress to committee
    • Manage and organize web content
    • Communicate with contributors to update English content
    • Coordinate updates of translated eColo content
    • Train and guide team of eCoLo Project Coordinators
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Assist in managing and organizing web content
    • Assist in communicating with contributors to update English content
    • Assist in coordinating updates of translated eColo content
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month

Development Positions

The Development Positions are supervised by Jeannette Stewart, TC Advisor and Founder

CONTENT TEAM

  • Professional with 2-4 years experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Create content for social media and the newsletter for other teams
    • Create relevant news to the TC homepage
    • Liaise with all other groups to ensure content is added appropriately
    • Help all other groups to generate their own content creation strategy
    • Create and collect content for Blog
    • Write engaging, advocative articles to promote TC or to introduce industry insights
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Work with Content Producer to create content for social media, the newsletter, and for other teams
    • Post relevant news to the TC homepage
    • Check regularly new TC content and report to Content Producer
    • Assist in content creation for Blog
    • Assist in writing articles to promote TC or to introduce industry insights
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

  • Professional with 2-4 years experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Expertise in one of the following:
      • WordPress
      • G-suite
      • Applications
      • SEO
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month

LOCALIZATION TEAM

  • Professional with 2-4 years experience
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Manage TC localization projects. Including  website and project pages coordinate with translators and reviewers to provide quality translations
    • Recruit, train and mentor all Localization Project Coordinators
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month
  • Entry level; no experience required
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Manage TC localization projects. Including  website and project pages coordinate with translators and reviewers to provide quality translations
  • Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/month

Language Positions

The Language Positions are currently being developed in small language-specific groups dealing with quality and editing of translated material.

If you can see yourself in any of these roles, please complete the form: “Become a volunteer”. If none of these roles are quite what you’re looking for, feel free to fill out the form anyway. We can work with you to find the right role in our team of volunteers.

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