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Date: 08-Feb-2018

Location: Canterbury, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development

Social Workers, Permanent, Timaru, Oamaru


We have exciting opportunities available for social workers to join our teams in Timaru and Oamaru - teams who are equally experienced as they are passionate for getting things right for its children, young people and community.

Joining a team who is creative and innovative; you can be part of a positive and supportive team and help children and young people be Safe, Strong and Thrive.



Using the latest strengths based practice tools and assessment frameworks; you will work hard to get quality outcomes for mokopuna and whānau. A big part of your day will be meeting with children and young people and ensuring their voices are heard, completing assessments, creating plans, participating in family group conferences and partnering with other agencies and the community to get the best outcomes. Your tenacity to overcome everyday barriers and ability to drive positive outcomes will put you in good stead for this challenging yet hugely rewarding role.



In return, we can offer you:


  • a salary between $46,867 - $79,015 NZ pa (commensurate with skills and experience)
  • a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
  • on-going training and regular supervision
  • commitment to the highest standards of strengths-based social work.


Preference is given to those who have:


  • ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki and rangitahi
  • great written and verbal communication skills (you will need to write court reports)
  • resilient, motivated and driven character
  • flexibility to work after hours duty roster
  • good computer navigation and typing skills
  • full clean valid driver's licence without conditions


You must have a Social Work Qualification recognised by the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) or full registration with SWRB and a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).


If you think you have what it takes, and are totally committed to doing what's right for children and young people, we'd love to hear from you.



How to apply: 


Internal Oranga Tamariki Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


All external applicants including Ministry of Social Development employees please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online


For more information, please contact Simon Coventry at


Applications close: 22 February 2018

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