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.

You'll need to complete and sign a Candidate Declaration form and attach it to your application.

Early learning & childcare

Teacher - Early Learning (Palmerston North)

Closes 29 March

Due to an increased role we are now seeking a qualified and certified ECE teacher to join our lovely teaching team. The position is for 20 hours per week.

As a teacher in our centre based you will engage with the assessment, planning and implementation of a curriculum which enhances children's well-being and promotes their learning and development. You will work in partnership with parents and whānau to support their child's learning and ensure there is continuity between home and the centre.

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Centre Manager (Clendon, Auckland)

Closes 14 March

As Centre Manager / Head Teacher, you will build on your already proven pedagogical experience, strong leadership and operational management skills, to take an effective and enthusiastic teaching team to the next level.

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Centre Manager (Pakuranga, Auckland)

Closes 15 March

As Centre Manager, you will build on your already proven pedagogical experience, strong leadership and operational management skills, to take an effective and enthusiastic teaching team to the next level. You will be a fully Certificated Teacher and have at least 2-3 years experience in a Centre Management / Leadership role.

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Visiting Teacher (Auckland)

Closes 11 March

This full-time, permanent role is an exciting opportunity for you to develop and grow a network of home-based educators in the Auckland Central/South region and will require a ‘self-starter’ with proven leadership skills who understands the role of a mentor.

As a Visiting Teacher you will work with home-based educators providing professional leadership, training and induction of new educators to ensure high quality learning and care for tamariki.

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Childcare Consultant (Auckland)

Closes 28 February

Our Auckland-based Consultants work closely together and with others, including administrators and teachers, to respond to parent enquiries for childcare. You will be assisting families to find the best early learning options for their children with either home based educators or our early learning centres.

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Childcare Consultant (Christchurch)

Closes 8 March

Our Consultants work closely with others, including administrators and teachers, to respond to parent enquiries for childcare. You will be assisting families to find the best early learning options for their children with either home based educators or with our early learning centres.

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Cook (Cromwell)

Closes 26 February

Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are responsible for providing healthy and appealing meals for children in our centres. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep the children well fuelled physically and mentally throughout the day.

The children also love being involved in cooking so you should be able to relate well to children and guide them in the cooking of easy dishes.

As a part-time position (22 hours per week) it is an ideal opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a fun-filled and busy environment, surrounded by our tamariki.

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Cook - Early Learning Centre (Clendon, Auckland)

Closes 20 March

Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are a vital part of the team – they are responsible for providing nutritious and appealing meals on a daily basis for children in our centres. 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 and we use the vegetables and herbs we grow, in our meals. As a part-time position (20 hours per week) it is an ideal opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a fun-filled and busy environment, surrounded by our tamariki.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Clendon, Auckland)

Closes 20 March

Based in Clendon, you will 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 (Oamaru)

Closes 22 February

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic early learning Teacher ideally with a passion for working with children aged between 2yrs and school age. Oamaru Early Learning Centre offers an inclusive learning programme that celebrates each child's uniqueness. Our well-resourced, purpose-built Centre is located central Oamaru.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Wellington)

Closes 28 February

We are looking for an experienced and fully certificated qualified teacher at Barnardos Wellington, to work in partnership with parents and whānau and our team to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum for young children in our Tawatawa (over two's) class room that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

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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.

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.

Apply below or call 0800 BARNARDOS (0800 227 627) for more information.

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Casual Early Learning Centre Teacher (South Island)

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic teachers–in–training or certified teachers to work in our community–based centres in the South Island.

We have centres in:

  • Kaikōura
  • Christchurch
  • Oamaru
  • Cromwell
  • Invercargill

Our centres are dynamic, innovative and committed to providing high–quality care for all families and children and for the wider community.

About you

  • You have a positive “can do” attitude .
  • You are qualified, or working towards a qualification and fully certificated, with a current first aid certificate.
  • You have initiative, desire and passion for quality practice standards and commitment to the principles of Te Whāriki.
  • You have excellent communication, planning and organisation skills and a desire to make a difference to children in their early years while building strong links with their whanau and families.

Why work for us?

  • An opportunity to grow your career with educational assistance and financial support to retain (or gain) your full certification.
  • Thought–provoking professional development and dedicated professional time.
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and whanau in Aotearoa.

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 the core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā — our vision for working with Māori.

This is your chance to make a real and positive difference for Kiwi kids.

Download the job description (PDF 1,115 KB)

For more information, email kate.ogston-cornish@barnardos.org.nz.

Child & family services

Social Worker (Hamilton)

Closes 24 February

As a Social Worker – Teen Parent you will work directly with teenage parents in their own environment to help develop resiliency, reinforce positive parenting, and assist them to access community resources. This is a 12 month fixed term role to cover parental leave and is based in Barnardos' Waikato office.

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Social Worker (Hamilton)

Closes 24 February

As a family support 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. The position is based in Barnardos Waikato office.

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Social Worker - Residential (Auckland)

Closes 5 March

Working in a residential environment can be both challenging and rewarding. The role of a Social Worker is to care for youth on a daily basis and to assist them to engage in therapeutic interventions and support them in making positive changes in their lives.

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Children's Contact Supervisor (Napier)

Closes 26 February

The purpose of this position is to supervise contact visits between children and their visiting parent, and provide a physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environment for the child during the contact visit.

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Children's Contact Supervisor (Onehunga, Auckland)

Closes 4 March

The role of a 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 Supervisors for permanent part time work and also casual staff who can work 7 hours every Sunday at our center in Mangere. At times you may be required to work longer hours so some flexibility is also required. You will be working alongside our Coordinators and full training will be given.

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Regional Contract & Service Development Manager (Auckland)

Closes 5 March

We are looking for a proactive, energetic and resilient person to lead the practice and operational management of contracts in a range of Barnardos Child and Family Services (CAFS). This is a regional position based in Auckland and provides leadership opportunities to create sustainable revenue streams for Barnardos through the development of new business to enhance and support services to children and families.

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Casual Residential Youth Workers (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Residential Youth Workers to provide casual relief support (day shifts and night shifts), which sometimes is requested at short notice at Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi, a residential treatment facility based in Christchurch, managed by Barnardos.

Shift times are:

  • 6.30am to 3pm
  • 2.00pm to 10.30pm
  • 10.30pm to 6.30am.

The facility is the only one of its kind in New Zealand, which accommodates males aged 12–16 years who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. The facility operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing treatment, education and residential care for up to 12 residents at any one time.

Working in a residential treatment environment can be challenging but it is also rewarding. The role of a casual Residential Youth Worker is to support youth 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 you will need:

  • experience and skills working with youth in a residential setting (highly desirable)
  • a formal qualification in human services (or currently studying towards one) is highly desirable
  • a current full driver’s licence (required)
  • passion for working with youth, and a belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • professional integrity
  • resilience and dedication.

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 the core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā — our vision for working with Māori.

This is your chance to make a real and positive difference for Kiwi kids.

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. 

Download the job description (PDF 383KB)

For more information, email alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz.

Residential Worker (Casual) - Specialist Group Home (Christchurch)

  • casual roles - rostered shift work including sleepovers
  • flexibility - variety of working hours
  • specialist group home

We are seeking suitably qualified/experienced culturally responsive youth workers to support staff on casual basis in new SGH Christchurch/Otautahi.

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Social Worker (Invercargill)

Closes 4 March

This role is a combination of Social Workers in Schools and LEAP Service. SOCIAL WORKER in SCHOOLS is an early intervention social work service based within the primary and intermediate schools environment. LEAP services work to keep vulnerable children safe and to reduce the risk of maltreatment particularly when there are complex and multiple needs We are looking for a social worker with experience and interest in working with children and their families/whanau.

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