Paid translation pilot underway – seeking additional German, Chinese, and Russian translators

The Wikimedia Foundation’s new “Organization communications translators group” pilot is now underway. We are ready for additional translators to join! In particular, we are in need of additional German, Chinese, and Russian translators.

We are looking for 3–5 translators in each of the target languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) to join this pilot for paid translations, which will last for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Individuals interested in participating should apply via this Wikimedia Foundation position posting.

Tourists looking at Rosetta Stone at British Museum.
Tourists looking at the Rosetta Stone on display at British Museum.
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More information

This is a new translation model we are testing for Wikimedia Foundation materials primarily used in external communications (such as the Foundation’s website, transparency report, and organizational policies). These tend to be much longer than the materials for which we generally seek translations, and demand more stringent requirements with respect to precision, quality, and deadlines. For translations of this nature, fair paid compensation is often necessary.

This model was developed based on experiences with past translation efforts and feedback from community translators, affiliates, and staff within the Foundation. It is not a replacement for existing translation work, and will not be used for materials such as project articles, fundraising, or other content which has an existing translation model in place.

We will be testing this model over the coming months, and will make changes based on feedback and what we learn.

For more information, please visit the project’s Meta-Wiki page.


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