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.

Download the Candidate Declaration Form (PDF, 101KB)

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.

Apply now

Centre Administrator - Early Learning (Oamaru)

Applications close Monday 2nd December

Barnardos administrators have varied and interesting jobs providing general administrative support and customer service for internal and external customers. We are looking for an administration guru to work 10 hours per week in our Oamaru Centre.

Download the position description here (PDF 916 KB).

 Apply now

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, Cromwell and Invercargill.

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:
Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand.

Teacher - Early Learning (Cranwell Park)

Applications close Monday 23rd December

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a fully qualified and registered Teacher to join our West Auckland team based in Cranwell Park.

Download the position description here (PDF 1,114KB)

Apply now

Teacher - Early Learning (Wellington CBD)

Applications close Monday 23rd December

We are looking for fully certificated qualified teachers to join our team at Barnardos Early Learning Wellington Central. With your choice of working in the toddler and infants room or with the preschool children. You will also work in partnership with parents, whānau and our team to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development.

 Download the position description here (PDF 1,114KB)

Apply now

Child & family services

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

To apply email your CV and cover letter to

Children's Contact Supervisor (Christchurch)

Applications close Saturday 28 December

We require casual Contact Supervisors who are flexible to be rostered as well as work on an ‘on call’ basis at our Centres in Christchurch.  As most of the contact sessions happen on a Saturday weekend availability is required. Training is provided and Supervisors work alongside the Facilitator and Coordinator to ensure safety of all children.

Download the position description (PDF 980KB)

Apply now

Lead Educator (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 1 December

Te Poutama Àrahi Rangatahi is seeking a certificated teacher who is able to provide strategic people and programme leadership to the education team of 4 (a certificated teacher and 3 teaching assistants). 

The ideal candidate will be experienced at implementing, evaluating and reporting on behavior change, educational programmes; have an advanced understanding of curriculum management and development and possess a sound knowledge of current educational theory and practice. 

Download the position description (PDF 1,600KB)

Apply now

Social Worker (Auckland)

Applications close Thursday 19 December

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.

Download the position description (PDF 1,500KB)

Apply now

Social Worker - Social Workers in Schools Programme (Lower Hutt)

Applications close Sunday 1 December

Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) is an early intervention social work service based within primary and intermediate schools.  You would be working directly with children in one-to-one or group settings. We are looking for a social worker with experience and interest in working with a diverse range of cultures.   

Download the position description (PDF 1,300KB)

Apply now

Team Leader - Specialist Youth Care Home (Dunedin)

Applications close Friday 29 November

The role leads the practice and operational management of a care home team and sits within Barnardos Residential Services portfolio.  We are currently establishing a new home which will provide planned transitional care for a young person with complex needs operating 24/7 365 days a year. 

If you value good working conditions, are seeking a new challenge leading, managing and developing staff and the experience of working in the not-for-profit sector at leadership level, then this could be the role for you. 

Through the work tamariki/rangatahi are safe from physical and emotional harm; their capability and resilience and that of their whānau/family is strengthened; they are all empowered for the future and all tamariki/children are better understood and valued in their homes and communities.

Download the position description (PDF 1,500KB)

Apply now

Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home (Auckland)

Applications close Sunday 1 December

Our Specialist Group Home provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic programme for up to five young men, to develop life skills in preparation for transitioning back to their whanau, caregivers or otherwise into independence.

Download the position description (PDF 970KB)

Apply now

Corporate services

Trusts & Grants Fundraiser (Wellington)

Applications close Monday 2 December

The Role

Reporting to the Fundraising Manager, working in a friendly and outgoing fundraising team, this role will implement the fast paced and busy grants calendar which brings in over $1M through trusts and foundations fundraising per year.

Key responsibilities

  • Implementing the trusts and grants strategy
  • grant applications and accountabilities
  • researching new opportunities
  • Raiser's Edge database
  • relationship management with key internal and external stakeholders

Skills & Experience

  • 2 years+ trusts and grants and database experience is required
  • Strong writing, negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Positive, can-do, proactive attitude

This role is a 30 hours, flexible role, based in Wellington, with intermediate remuneration depending on experience.

Visit Execucare for more information and to view the job description

To Apply

If this sounds like the right job for you then please email an updated CV with a cover letter addressed to Tilda Bostwick, Execucare NZ, outlining your experience against the core competencies in the job description and tell us why you would want to work for Barnardos New Zealand.

The closing date for this role is Monday 2nd December 2019

Execucare is a specialist recruiter for fundraising and philanthropic professions. Member of RCSA and HRINZ, and sponsor of FINZ and Educate Plus.