Date:  Apr 13, 2024

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Requisition No: 819188 

Agency: Department of Corrections

Working Title: FDC- STAFF INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR - 70046048- Region 3

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 70046048 

Salary:  $60,857.16- $66,389.96 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 05/17/2024 

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Sign Language Interpreter- Region III (located at Lowell Correctional Institution)

Division of Facilities Mgmt.& Bldg Const. (FMBC)

Salary: $60,857.16- $66,389.96 annually





This position provides sign language interpreting services for inmates incarcerated in Florida Department of Corrections.  Interpreting may include ASL-English, oral, modified visual field, or tactile interpreting. This employee will be responsible conducting training on deaf awareness, sign language, and communication techniques at FDC staff, vendors, contractors, and other stakeholders as requested by the ADA Coordinator, Central Office; Collaborates with FDC institutional staff to provide inmates who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind with communication services deemed necessary for FDC staff encounters.


The duties and responsibilities of this position, although not limited to those enumerated below are as follows:

  • Interprets and/or captions all auditory information in a variety of settings including classrooms, dormitories, and others as they arise.
  • Schedules or works jointly with assigned Institutional or Regional ADA Coordinator(s) to arrange vendor interpreters when needed
  • Functions as the information and referral person to institutional FDC regarding interpreting services availability within the community
  • Conducts training on deaf awareness, sign language, and communication techniques at FDC staff, vendors, contractors, and other stakeholders as requested by the ADA Coordinator, Central Office.
  • Travels to provide services and provide consultation to various areas and institutions within the designated area.
  • Assist identified deaf or hard of hearing (D/HOH) inmate(s) with onsite sign language interpreting services when an inmate has cognitive, psychiatric, or linguistic difficulties that may impede effective communication with FDC staff.
  • Collect and maintain electronic database records of the auxiliary aids or services as each service is provided.
  • Assist designated FDC staff with any concerns, grievances, or complaints raised by deaf or hard of hearing inmates regarding effective communication as soon as reasonably possible, with the goal of resolving the matters in compliance with federal and state mandates and FDC policies and procedures.           



  • Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and manually coded English.
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing Florida Department of Corrections.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws that affect the provision of sign language interpreting services.
  • Knowledge of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct and other professional mandates.
  • Skill in analyzing communication modes as used by sign language users.
  • Skill in the use of adaptive technology as used by individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind.
  • Ability to translate oral conversation by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Ability to Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
  • Ability to interpret from and into the Deaf/Hard of Hearing individual’s preferred means of communication.
  • Ability to translate spoken and written English, including medical and technical information, into sign language.
  • Ability to instruct others in basic sign language and communication tips and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to add and subtract.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.



  • A minimum of one (1) year experience as a sign language interpreter or vocational training can substitute for one year of experience. 
  • A valid Driver License.
  • Must be able to travel on demand within area on short notice.



  • Any level credential in sign language interpreting from:
    • Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf [FRID] Quality Assurance
    • Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID)
    • Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI)
    • Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) secondary education with score of 3.5 or higher
  • Possession of a national professional sign language credential.




Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.


If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the closing date.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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