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Residential Youth Worker - Oranga Tamariki

Date:  22-Feb-2021

Manawatu / Wanganui, NZ

Residential Youth Worker

Permanent, Full Time, Palmerston North

Are you passionate about working with youth and contributing to a safe community.

Our Youth Justice Residence ‘Te Au Rere A Te Tonga’ provides a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi (young people) who have offended can make changes and get their lives back on track. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate young offenders. Residential Youth Workers understand that the causes of offending are complex, and that successfully dealing with young offenders, demands action beyond simple punitive measures. 


About the role:

Residential Youth Workers provide rangatahi with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their whānau and communities.


Guiding a behavioural change is a massive task and means our residential youth workers have many responsibilities, including:


  • Ensuring that a safe and secure environment is maintained for the benefit of the rangatahi, staff and the community
  • Supporting young offenders in their personal growth and rehabilitation with a focus on health, education, training and employment
  • Working with rangatahi to help them build and strengthen relationships with their whānau and communities and encouraging them to act on referrals to services



About you:

We are looking for enthusiastic people that want to be part of a team that is instrumental in turning young lives around. As a member of the youth justice residence team, you are working all day with rangatahi. You must have a passion for wanting to make a positive difference in their lives. 
To excel in this role a tertiary qualification in sport, health, education or youth work would be useful but life skills such as carpentry, IT, culture and arts and sport skills are invaluable.
You will be required to work a rotating roster between our shifts; morning shift (6.30am-3.00pm) and afternoon shift (1.30pm-10.00pm) which also involves working weekends and public holidays. In return you will be offered a salary range between $51,948 and $76,198, inclusive of penal rates for hours worked. We also have casual vacancies available for on-call and flexible working arrangements which could include night shifts, please indicate your preference in a covering letter.


Our ideal candidate, will have:


  • Great engagement skills to overcome barriers
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Cultural awareness particularly around Māori and Pacifica communities
  • Ability to establish relationships with people from all walks of life
  • Good computer skills, particularly with MS Office Software, report writing is part of this role
  • A current, and full driver’s license and ability to work some weekend hours
  • Experience in social services or working with at-risk youth is ideal, however applicants with transferrable life skills are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to be flexible with working hours


If you will have established relationships and networks across the area and a good knowledge of the key players to help you make a difference in the lives of youth then apply Today!



Applications close: 9 March 2021

How to apply:


All applications must be made online via the ‘apply now’ button, a copy of your CV and cover letter is required, all applications are subject to police vetting.


For enquiries or assistance please contact 


Internal applicants please apply online via your myHR login on the careers page.


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