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Spanish/Portuguese Interpreterfor Community Health Study

Company name
Silent Spring Institute

Newton, MA, United States

Employment Type

Healthcare, Education, Bilingual

Posted on
Jul 31, 2020

Valid Through
Nov 13, 2020


Job description:

 Silent Spring Institute is seeking Spanish and Portuguese interpreters to provide periodic interpretation services for its community health study called PFAS-REACH (Research, Education and Action for Community Health). PFAS-REACH is studying the effects of common drinking water contaminants on the immune systems of preschool-age children, including in Hyannis on Cape Cod.

Interpreters are needed to assist with: recruiting participants, answering participant questions, obtaining informed consent, and administering questionnaires. Printed study materials have already been translated into Portuguese and Spanish. The ideal candidate will have an interest in community public health and a willingness to be available to communicate with study participants on an as-needed basis. The study will begin in February 2020 and will last for around one year. Interpreters must obtain human subjects training through the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program (time to complete training may be compensated).

Key responsibilities will include:

Attending periodic community events and being available to contact participants by phone as needed.

Becoming familiar with all study procedures and protocols.

Recruiting potential participants via email, by phone, or in person at community events.

Obtaining informed consent from parents and guardians by explaining the study and reviewing printed informed consent forms.

Administering questionnaires by phone and entering participant responses electronically.

Communicating with members of the PFAS-REACH study team regarding participant interactions.

Required skills:

Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Ability to use laptop or tablet to enter responses from questionnaire into electronic database.

Interpersonal skills to communicate with study participants around potentially sensitive health questions.

Desired skills:

Completion of Medical Interpreter Program.

Education or work experience in language-related fields such as teaching, translation or interpretation.

Familiarity with the Hyannis community.


Variable, up to 8 hours per week


Mostly remote, with some attendance of community events

To apply:

 Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to

. Review of applications will begin January 20, 2020. Questions? Email Maia Fitzstevens at

or call 617-332-4288, ext. 230.


PFAS-REACH is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Grant R01ES028311) and seeks to understand health effects from exposure to PFAS, a class of toxic, extremely persistent chemicals used in certain firefighting foams and many consumer products. PFAS have been found in hundreds of drinking water supplies throughout the United States, including in Hyannis.  PFAS-REACH is led by Silent Spring Institute in collaboration with Northeastern University, Michigan State University, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Testing for Pease, and Community Action Works. Learn more at

Company info

Silent Spring Institute
Phone : 617.332.4288
Fax : 617.332.4284

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