Do you want to do more for Kiwi kids?

If so, you may be exactly who we're looking for.

At Barnardos, we're passionate about making a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids. We have over 60 years' experience helping New Zealand tamariki and whānau be the best they can.

Our trained, experienced and passionate staff work with more than 100,000 children and families in communities across Aotearoa every year. They ensure that children receive the care, support and education they deserve — and you can too. 

We provide family support and early childhood education to Kiwi families and intensive social support to those most in need. Standing behind our frontline staff is a dedicated corporate services team — including fundraising, marketing, human resources, finance and IT.

 

Why choose Barnardos?

Because at the end of each day, you'll know you’ve made a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids up and down New Zealand. And when someone asks what your job is, you can truly say "I do more for Kiwi kids."

 

How to apply

Check out our current vacancies below. When you see one you're keen on, click Apply.

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Early learning & childcare

Become a Home Based Educator

All regions

Change a child's future

We have exceptional career opportunities for passionate individuals to join our team of in-home early learning educators enabling the potential of Kiwi kids.

If you are committed to children’s learning and development and can provide a safe, nurturing environment in your home for up to 4 children aged under 5 then we would be interested in talking to you.

Join a purpose-driven team

Barnardos is a not-for-profit organisation committed to doing more to protect, support and educate New Zealand tamariki and their whānau/families. Our education arm, Barnardos Early Learning, offers home- and centre-based early learning programmes for under 5s designed to meet the needs of our local communities. We support educators to use Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Feel supported

We encourage and support our educators to learn and succeed by providing

  • regular visits & support from qualified early childhood teachers
  • educational support and training
  • professional development
  • educational resources
  • being part of a caring, skilled team of professionals.

What it takes

To be an in-home educator, you need a

  • home and personal background that meets our robust health and safety requirements
  • desire to make every moment a teachable one
  • passion for nurturing, inspiring and delighting children in your care
  • commitment to creating lifelong learners
  • willingness to connect with parents as partners in their child's education
  • background or experience working with children.

Find out more

Visit our Barnardos Early Learning website and our dedicated Careers page for more information and to hear what our wonderful Educators have to say about being a Home Based Educator with Barnardos. 

Or take action today

If you see a future as part of a supportive, caring community of teachers, educators and parents, while still having the freedom to run your own business caring and educating under 5s, take action. Do more now for the future of our nation’s children — the tamariki of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Casual Educators/Cook - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close Wednesday 12 May

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. As an Educator you contribute to assessment, planning and implementation of a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning. These roles are based at our West Early Learning Centre. However there are opportunities across the Auckland Region.

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Casual Teacher - Early Learning (South Island)

We are looking for experienced/fully qualified and registered teachers to join a South Island Early Learning Centre on a Casual basis.
Centres include: Kaikoura, Hornby Pasifika, Te Puna Oraka, Oamaru and Cromwell.

Key responsibilities
Deliver a curriculum aligned to Te Whāriki.
Implement and evaluate a learning programme that is responsive to the strengths and interests of children.
Promote learning opportunities which are inclusive and culturally responsive.
Document children’s learning and support children’s profile books and e-portfolio.

Skills and experience
Previous experience working as a Teacher in an early childhood education team setting.
The ability to use initiative and a commitment to quality practice standards and the principles of Te Whāriki.
Knowledge and understanding of current early childhood education theory and practice.
Excellent communication and organisation skills.
Enthusiasm and a strong desire to make a difference to children in their early years, while building strong links with their whānau and families.

Barnardos Early Learning is the social enterprise arm of Barnardos - New Zealand's leading children's charity. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Barnardos believes that through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright. With your help we can do even more.

Download the position description (PDF 1,114KB)

For more information or to apply email: Di.Livingstone@barnardos.org.nz
Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand.

Educators - Early Learning and Homebased (Auckland)

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. 

We are looking for teachers to join our casual relievers pool for our many centres across Auckland. You would work and be supported by a passionate and professional team.

Alternatively work as a Homebased Educator from your own home, choosing your hours and having a supportive network of teachers behind you.

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Join our team of Early Childhood Teachers

All regions

We have a network of 23 centres right across with country, and over 40 years experience in Early Learning. We are proudly a not-for-profit organisation investing any surplus funds into our teachers, staff and other services.

Come on board with us to enjoy - 

  • The chance to make a difference – you’ll be empowered and well-resourced, so you can genuinely inspire children to excellent and equitable outcomes from within a not-for-profit who invests in NZ communities.
  • Warm, open culture – we hold a strong and continuous focus on quality for you, the tamariki and whānau we serve - striving to be one big welcoming family.
  • Continuing professional development – four hours per week professional time, internal learning and development opportunities and ongoing appraisals to support Teacher Certification.
  • Support for you -  financial support to maintain your full certification and mentoring for provisionally certificated teachers. You will also receive up to 5 additional sick days.
  • Large network of expert support – the wider Barnardos organisation and our community of 24 centres give us the platform to collaborate, motivate and inspire one another to continually improve.
  • Peer and mentor learning opportunities – be mentored by qualified and experienced practitioners, engage in tailored professional development and be part of our network of teachers across Aotearoa.  
  • Added benefits – as a Barnardos employee, you will gain access to a range of benefits such as discounted childcare and insurances, access to a wellness program and subsidised flu vaccination each year.

If you are interested in joining Barnardos please email your CV and cover letter to info@bel.og.nz and we'll make sure your details are passed on to the team in your area. 

Cook - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close on Friday 28 May

The Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are a vital part of the Early Learning Centre team as they are responsible for preparing food for the children in our Centres on a daily basis. 

We strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to support physical and mental development. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep the children well fuelled throughout the day. The children also love being involved in food preparation and where possible.

As a part-time position (8 hours per week),this role this is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for a part-time role and enjoys working in a fun-filled, busy environment surrounded by children.

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Cook - Early Learning (Otago)

Applications close on Tuesday 25 May

The position requires someone who is reliable and adaptable; willing to undertake food preparation of nutritious, tasty and appealing meals and maintains a clean and tidy kitchen; has excellent communication skills and a positive attitude.    

The Centre is dynamic, innovative and the team is committed to providing high quality care for all families and children in the wider community.  

The role is 20 hours per week, based at our Oamaru Early Learning Centre.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 28 May

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 21 May

This is an exciting and rewarding position suited to a proven and experienced Kaiako with exceptional interpersonal skills.  Your warmth, sense of humour, flexibility, and confidence with learning stories with a commitment to culturally responsive practices will make you a perfect fit in our supportive, collaborative team.

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

This role is 40 hours per week, based at our Hornby Pasifika ELC, a purpose-built centre on the grounds of Hornby Primary School.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Cromwell)

Applications close on Friday 21 May

This is an exciting and rewarding position suited to a proven and experienced Kaiako with exceptional interpersonal skills.  Your warmth and passion will support children through their learning in a positive and nurturing way.

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

Download the position description (PDF 1,114KB)

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Child & family services

0800 What's Up Counsellors (Auckland)

Are you looking for a role where you can make a difference?  

Our Counsellors provide a free, confidential phone and online chat counselling service for children and young people aged 5 - 19 years.  This support really makes a difference, and while the role can be extremely challenging at times, it can be extremely rewarding at others.  

It’s a vital part of our work to make New Zealand a better, safer, happier place for children and young people.

  • 0800 What's Up is open 7 days a week. 12.00pm - 11.00pm Monday to Friday, 3.00pm to 11.00pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Permanent Part time and Casual positions available  
  • Candidates must be able to work weekends and evenings

Skills and experience

Our counsellors are given full training, but experience or qualification in the following areas are desirable

  • Previous counselling experience or experience working with vulnerable children or young people is desirable
  • Recognised tertiary qualification in the Social Services field e.g. counselling, social work, psychology is desirable

To excel in this role, you will need:

  • To value diversity and encourage it in others
  • Excellent in oral and written communication skills, especially with young people
  • The ability to work shifts including nights and weekends
  • Be technologically savvy, to pick up our operating systems quickly
  • Resilience and a clear understanding of your own self-care needs and when to practice them

Benefits

  • Learning and development programs
  • Supervision
  • Discounted childcare for permanent staff members and a wellness programme including discounts with health providers

About Barnardos

Barnardos is New Zealand's leading children's charity. We tailor our services to respond to local needs, individual challenges and diverse experiences. 

We're here for all Kiwi kids. Every day, our services and staff make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children and families across New Zealand.

Download the position description (PDF 1,147KB)

For more information or to apply email your CV and cover letter to: lian.choong@barnardos.org.nz

Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand, we may interview as applications come in, so apply now!

Visit - https://www.whatsup.co.nz/

Casual Youth Workers (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Youth Workers to provide casual relief support (day/night and sleepover shifts) which sometimes is requested at short notice in one of three community group homes in Christchurch managed by Barnardos. 

Shift times are 7.00am – 9.00am and  3.00pm – 10.00pm with a 9 hour sleepover shift Friday – Thursday of each week.

This type of work can be challenging but is also rewarding.  The role of a casual Youth Worker is to support young people to make positive changes in their lives.  If you thrive on variety, a challenge and enjoy flexible working conditions, then a role like this could be ideal for you.

To be successful ideally you will need:

  • Previous experience working with young people
  • Be currently studying towards a formal qualification in human services or similar
  • A belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • Professional integrity, resilience and dedication
  • A current full driver’s licence is required

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity, doing more for Kiwi kids. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

In everything we do, we are guided by our values, and core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā – our vision for working with Māori. 

If you believe you have the knowledge, skills and attitude and are prepared to work hard then we would be interested to hear from you by submitting your application to wendy.lorenz@barnardos.org.nz

Download the job description (PDF 1,330KB)

 

Children's Contact Supervisor (Napier)

Applications close Thursday 20 May

The role of a Children's Contact Supervisor is to provide supervision during a contact visit between a child and their visiting parent, ensuring a physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environment for the child during the contact visit.  

We require a Supervisor who are able to go on a roster, as well as work on a casual, 'on-call' basis at our centre in Napier.  Most of our contact sessions are held on a Saturday or Sunday so weekend flexibility is required. You will be working alongside our Children's Contact Coordinators and full training will be provided.

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Clinician (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 23 May

A full-time permanent position has become available at Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi at Barnardos NZ as a Clinician to join the clinical team providing quality assessment and therapeutic support to young people.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Assessment and therapeutic support aimed at reducing frequency and/or severity of identified behaviours
  • Delivery of individual, group and family therapy
  • Provide quality clinical supervision & training to residential staff as required

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Intensive Wraparound Service Facilitator (Auckland)

Applications close Wednesday 12 May

Barnardos and the Ministry of Education deliver the Intensive Wraparound Service which works with students who have complex behavioural needs (which may include intellectual impairment).  You will be working with the student and family/whānau to engage them in the IWS process and support them and the IWS team to develop and monitor plans.

This permanent part time role (32 hours) can be challenging but it can also be extremely rewarding.  It’s a vital part of our work to make New Zealand a better, safer, happier place for Kiwi kids.

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Mana Ake Kaimahi Practitioner (Christchurch)

Applications close on Monday 31 May

As a Mana Ake Kaimahi Practitioner you will :

  • providing mental health support that protects and promotes wellbeing of children and helps develop psychosocial and emotional resilience as a result of childhood stress and/or trauma
  • providing quality assessment and clinical support to children/young people and their families
  • effective case planning reflecting holistic models, risk assessments and behaviour management plans aligned to individual goals 

This is a 37.5 hours fixed term position to 1 December 2021 across both North Canterbury and Christchurch Primary Schools.

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Operational Team Leader (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 9 May

We are looking for a resilient and pro-active person to join the operational team that provides practice support and direction to teams of residential youth workers to lead a community of change model at Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi.    

Key responsibilities

  • able to fully engage and contribute strategically to the senior leadership team,
  • able to work flexible hours and sometimes rostered shifts = work/life balance.
  • experienced at leading and managing staff preferably in a residential setting,

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Residential Youth Worker (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 30 May

We are seeking a suitably qualified and/or experienced Residential Youth Worker for permanent full-time work – 40 hours/pw, 2 shifts 6.30am – 3.00pm OR 2.00pm – 10.30pm as rostered.

The role maintains responsibility for the daily care of youth in a Barnardos residential home (Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi) within the framework of the policies and practices of Barnardos, key agencies Oranga Tamariki and Community Based Treatment providers to achieve the best possible outcomes by providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth to grow and develop while in a residential facility.

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Residential Youth Workers – Casual Day and Night Shifts (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Youth Workers to provide casual relief support which sometimes is requested at short notice.

Day shift hours are 6.30am to  3pm OR 2.00pm to 10.30pm and for Night shifts 10.30pm – 6.30am.

The role maintains responsibility on a casual basis for the care of youth in a Barnardos residential home (Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi) within the framework of the policies and practices of Barnardos, key agencies Oranga Tamariki and Community Based Treatment providers to achieve the best possible outcomes by providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth to grow and develop while in a residential facility.

Duties

  • Care for youth by assisting them to engage in therapeutic interventions
  • Support youth make positive changes in their lives through education, treatment and residential care
  • Support programmed activities for youth that enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual development while in residential care
  • Administrative tasks including (???? Ask Debbie) for night shift workers

Skills and experience key to this role are:

  • Previous experience working with young people is preferred
  • Be currently studying towards a formal qualification in human services or similar is desirable
  • A belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • Professional integrity, resilience and dedication
  • A current full clean NZ Driver’s licence is required

Some of the work can be quite challenging so you will need to have resilience and passion for working with youth, be a flexible person with a positive attitude and exhibit the ability to build strong professional relationships with young people, whānau/ families, staff and service providers.  

On day shifts you will be working alongside of passionate Residential, Clinical, Education and Administrative team members. The night shift consists of two people working together to ensure security is maintained and various administrative and housekeeping tasks are completed.

For more information please contact alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz or phone 03 349 0088

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Service Manager (Christchurch)

Applications close Saturday 15 May

We are seeking a proactive, energetic and resilient person to lead the practice and management of a strong team of social work professionals who provide support to clients via an extensive range of services.  This opportunity provides involvement with key collaborations and innovation leadership within the Canterbury region.

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Social Worker (Christchurch)

Applications close Monday 31 May

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Social Worker who has previous experience promoting engagement and wellbeing. You will rely on strong social work knowledge to create strength based assessments and intervention plans and be an advocate for tamariki and their whānau to empower them to achieve their goals. These roles require working directly with children and whānau in their own environment helping to develop resiliency, reinforce positive parenting, and assist children and whānau to access community resources. Also working in the family harm prevention space within the grassroots community and local agencies. 

This is a 12 month Fixed term contract.

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Social Worker (Gisborne)

Applications close Thursday 20 May

As a Social Worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resiliency, reinforce positive parenting, and assist children and families to access community resources.

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Social Worker (New Plymouth)

Applications close Tuesday 18 May

This is a permanent social work position of 36 hours per week in our child and family services team based in Hawera.

The position covers all of South Taranaki to deliver social work services in both urban and rural areas. As a family support social worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resilience, reinforce positive parenting and assist children and families access community resources

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Social Worker - (Taranaki)

Applications close Monday 17 May

The position covers all of Taranaki to deliver social work services in both urban and rural areas. As a family support social worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resilience, reinforce positive parenting and assist children and families access community resources.

This is a permanent position of 32 hours.

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Social Worker - Residential Group Homes (Christchurch)

Applications close on Tuesday 18 May

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Social Worker who preferably brings a strong cultural connection for a permanent full-time (or part-time by negotiation) role supporting community based group homes in Christchurch/ Otautahi.

Care and support is provided to young people assisting them to make positive changes in all areas of their lives; teaching and supporting family/whanau to implement routines and programmes during the course of the admission and post-placement transition. The role works across 3 homes and lends to variety and flexibility in casework and colleagues and includes clinical expertise and support.

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