Foreign Language Translator/Linguist

The Service is always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join our team. Diversity is not only part of the Service’s culture it is a core business strategy. We are building a workforce which is representative of the Canadian society and our programs and policies are designed to foster diversity and inclusion.

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Reference Number


Closing Date

2018-02-14 APPLY ON-LINE

Job Summary

The Translator provides foreign language translation services:

  • Translate texts from foreign languages to English and vice versa.
  • Review/revise or edit translations into English submitted by staff and freelance translators for accuracy and style.
  • Summarize foreign language materials.
  • Contribute to the grading of language proficiency tests and work samples submitted by foreign language staff or freelance translator candidates.
  • Coordinate translation projects involving teams of translators and revisers on major projects.
  • Provide technical and linguistic assistance to freelance translators and revisers.
  • Assist with the training and development of freelance translators and revisers.
  • Conduct audits of foreign language materials.
  • Provide consultation to operations on contents and context of foreign language materials.
  • Conduct terminological research and assist in the preparation of foreign language glossaries.
  • Provide interpretation services as required.


  • Bachelor degree in Translation or in foreign language studies and two years of relevant experience*
  • Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and/or training and significant relevant experience* may also be considered.

*Relevant experience: in translating written material from a foreign language into English.


Foreign languages of interest are: Mandarin, Dari, Farsi and Arabic.


NOTE: Any higher level of education may be recognized as experience.


The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.  If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expensefrom an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.


Candidates must also possess some experience translating and / or summarizing audio recordings from a foreign language into English.

Other Requirements

** A written and/or audio examination will be administered for the screening of candidates. Applicants will be required to achieve a minimum of 2+ ranking on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) translation in the foreign language(s) of their expertise going into English.


  • Experience in interpreting from a foreign language into English and vice-versa.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the associated culture.
  • Certification from a professional association recognized by the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC).
  • Experience in revising translated material.
  • Experience in advising clients regarding cross - cultural communication.
  • Experience using Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools, Machine Translation (MT) tools and other types of software.


Adaptability / Flexibility, Client Service, Organizational Skills / Multitasking, Teamwork

Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens eligible for a Top Secret security clearance. 

Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive a Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important that you adhere to a zero tolerance illegal drug use from the time you submit your application.

Language Requirements

English Essential (EE)

Salary Range

$66,280 to $80,650 per year (under review). Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We Also Offer At The National Headquaters

Organized and recreational sports activities, on-site fitness facility, full service cafeteria, and bus route service within proximity.


CSIS National Headquarters, Ottawa (Ontario)

Employment Conditions

Indeterminate (permanent) position with one (1) year probation.

How To Apply

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy by clicking Apply Now and quote reference 17-968-07-016 in your cover letter.


CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to Employment Equity and encourages the equitable participation of all Canadians. If your application is retained and you require any special accommodation during the selection process, please advise us. The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.