Volunteer Posting 1528

Shelter Movers Vancouver
Work From Home - Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
2 to 4 hours per week
closes in 39 days (Sun, 26 May)

The Organization

Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to individuals and families fleeing abuse. We collaborate with local businesses and community agencies to support people, primarily women and children, as they transition to a life free of violence. Our Vancouver chapter has been operational since November 2018 and we have supported  over 1,050 survivors in that time span.


Volunteering at Shelter Movers means contributing to a mission that will make a meaningful impact on families experiencing abuse and supporting survivors as they transition to a life free of violence. It also means playing a role in ending gender-based violence. We are growing and looking to add caring, compassionate, and dependable people to our team.


The Role

Volunteer Translators are responsible for the translation of internal and external materials in both French and English. Translators must have a comprehensive understanding of both French and English and will be required to utilize best practice on inclusive language.


Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Read the given content and search for sector-specific terminology
    • Utilize Shelter Movers internal translation resources
  • Become familiar with the terminology and tone used by Shelter Movers
  • Translate documents provided by various departments in the organization
  • Ensure the translated content conveys the original meaning and tone, taking into account the target audience
  • Proofread translated texts for accuracy of grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Monitor and respond regularly to translation requests from the Translation Coordinator
  • Convert texts and audio recordings from English to French and vice versa
  • Modify the content, taking care to keep its original format (e.g., font and structure)
  • Follow up with the Translation Coordinator to confirm translation is complete and ready for final approval


Skills and Qualifications

  • Comfortable reading, writing and communicating both English and French
  • Experience as a translator an asset
  • Excellent editing skills with the ability to identify errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Good knowledge of editing tools
  • Good communication skills
  • Team player 
  • Comfortable working remotely


Other Requirements

Shelter Movers volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, complete an interview process, sign a confidentiality agreement, complete a criminal record check, and attend a Trauma-Informed Care Orientation session.


  • You ensure the organization is able to share documents and communicate with clients, volunteers and community partners in their preferred language
  • You’ll have the opportunity to make a positive impact helping women and families transition away from violence and abuse.
  • You’ll gain experience in translating sector-specific terminology
  • You’ll receive training in preparation for your role, and have access to ongoing training opportunities to advance you in your volunteer position and other related areas (ex: Gender-Based Violence sector)
  • You’ll work with a great team of passionate volunteers and supporters.


Role Details

  • 1-3 hours⁄ week, intermittent
  • This is an unpaid volunteer position
  • The Translation Coordinator will assign a translator documents to translate
  • Once the Translator has completed the necessary translations, the Translation Coordinator will review the materials, offer feedback and disseminate the materials back to the original submitter


To Apply


Note that the successful candidate will be subject to completion of a criminal background check.


Equal Opportunity Statement

Shelter Movers is an equal volunteer opportunity charity. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds without regard to age, color, race, sex, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family or parental status, genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability. 

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