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Mental Health Interpreter I-Spanish Speaking

Recruitment #0920-RS2021-TM


This part-time recruitment is being given to fill one vacancy in the Behavioral Health Services Division of the Health Care Services Department and to create a list to fill future vacancies.  Candidates must be able to speak, read, and write in Spanish.  All candidates will be tested for advanced proficiency in the Spanish language prior to referral. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.



  • Interviews and/or participates in counseling sessions.
  • Assists outreach clinical staff and other mental health clinical staff in linking clients with resources.
  • Learns to lead activity groups and prevocational groups in a day treatment setting.
  • Utilizes appropriate community agencies for referral of clients.
  • Learns to assist mental health clients in non-traditional settings such as community shelters, outreach programs, etc.
  • Verbally translates routine reports and correspondence; maintains client records.
  • Participates in in-service classes and training courses.
  • Participates in staff meetings.
  • Does related or other work as required.

    Experience: Fluent in reading, writing and speaking designated language.

    License: Possession of a valid California driver's license.

    Note:  Supplemental application must be submitted with employment application.


    Basic concepts of mental illness, mental health and substance abuse; techniques of dealing with the emotionally disabled individual; language mechanics; public relations techniques; basic interviewing principles and practices.


    Communicate clearly; understand and carefully follow oral and written instruction; interpret instructions/policies to clients or others in a comprehensive manner; learn to develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients; establish and maintain trusting and professional relationships with the clients or others; maintain accurate records and prepare reports; fluently speak, read and write the English language; fluently speak, read and write a second language in order to provide service to clients and support clinical staff; learn about various mental health programs and procedures.


    Mobility-Position may require sitting, standing, running, and stooping; Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 to 30 pounds; occasional lifting of over 30 pounds; occasional restraint, lifting/turning of heavy objects or people; Visual-Frequent need for overall vision, hand/eye coordination and reading/close up work; frequent need for color perception, depth perception and field of vision; Dexterity-Constant holding and writing; frequent reaching, grasping and repetitive motion; frequent operation of a keyboard; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech, telephone and radio; constant talking face to face and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief and death; constant public contact, decision making and concentration, occasional weekend/night work and travel; Environmental-Constant exposure to noise, frequent exposure to dust, cold, heat and hazardous materials.

    Selection Procedures

    Applicants for part-time and temporary recruitments who meet the minimum qualifications are either referred to the hiring department for further selection or they may be required to take a written examination.  If a written examination is given, the top candidates may be referred to the hiring department for further selection.

    Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date. 

    Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination.  The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

    Pre-employment Drug Screening Exam:  Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen. 

    Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when:

    • They are related to the Appointing Authority, or

    • The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other

    Department Heads may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.

    Proof of Eligibility:  If you are offered a job, you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S.


    Apply Online:   

    By mail or in person:  

    San Joaquin County Human Resources

    44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

    Stockton, CA 95202                                  


    Office hours:               
    Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

    Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


    Job Line:

    For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

    When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

    San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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    Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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