Freelance Academic Translators: Spanish <> English

Cactus Communications ( is a pioneer in language services, serving more than 200,000 clients across 120 countries. In line with its mission—growth through effective communication—CACTUS offers specialist academic editing, medical communications, publication support, transcription, translation, and training services to individuals and corporations across sectors such as academia, publishing, and pharmaceuticals.

Leverage your scientific knowledge and professional experience to carve out a career as a freelance academic translator with Cactus Communications. Join our global (in-house & telecommute) team of 800+ doctors, engineers, PhDs, post-docs, peer reviewers, BELS-certified editors, and researchers from across the science spectrum, all united by one common passion—effective science communication.

We are looking for experienced Spanish < > English translators to work on academic manuscripts. To qualify, you must have technical expertise in your field. Experience working in a foreign-language setting will be preferred. Essentially, your work will involve translating academic research papers from Spanish into English or vice versa.

Job Description:

Your role will involve

  • Reading through academic manuscripts written in the source language and rewriting them in the target language, ensuring that the meaning of the source text is retained
  • Researching legal, technical and scientific phraseology to find the correct translation
  • Proofreading and editing final translated versions and providing clients with a grammatically correct final version of the translated text

Here's what you need to become a freelance translator with CACTUS

  • Proficiency in Spanish and English (essential)
  • An understanding and knowledge of technical terminology
  • An educational degree or substantial work experience in any of the fields listed in the drop down menu of the form below
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word
  • Good time management skills (to meet deadlines)

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