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

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: christine.rodda@barnardos.org.nz
Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand.

Regional Business Administrator (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 14th February

A newly created role to provide administrative support and customer service for Barnardos Early Learning services regional. With loads of variety you will get to work alongside a range of people across the business unit.

Download the position description here (PDF 953KB)

Apply now

Teacher - Early Learning (Cranwell Park)

Applications close Monday 3rd February

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

Centre Manager - Early Learning (Wellington CBD)

Applications close Monday 10th February

Our Wellington CBD Early Learning Centre is on the hunt for an exceptional Centre Manager. A New Year a new job, apply now. 

 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 alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz

To apply email your CV and cover letter to alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz

Family Breakdown Assessor (Lower Hutt)

Applications close Monday 17 February

Barnardos is pleased to be working with the Ministry of Social development to provide a Family Breakdown Assessment service (FBA) for young people in order to obtain a young persons’ benefit.  Assessors meet face to face with the client and in turn talk with family members and if required other key people in the young persons’ life.  The assessors consider the circumstances and complete a written report with their professional recommendation on the evidence of a family breakdown.

Download the position description (PDF 1,500KB)

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Family Start Worker (New Plymouth)

Applications close Monday 10 February

As a Family Start worker you will be delivering a home visiting programme which is focussed on improving young children’s health, family/whānau circumstances, environment and safety.

Download the position description (PDF 1,400KB)

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Intensive Wraparound Service Facilitator (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 14 February

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 per week working out of Mt Eden MOE Office. This can be a challenging role 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. 

Download the position description (PDF 1,400KB)

Apply now

Practice Implementation Lead (Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington)

Applications close Tuesday 28 January

This is an exciting new full-time 2 year fixed term/secondment role developed to implement a consistent approach to the quality of practice across our care services through the development and application of systems tools and processes.

The position will work alongside the Operational Managers to ensure we embed the shift we are working towards in our services for tamariki and rangatahi in care following the introduction of the National Care Standards.

Download the position description (PDF 1,200KB)

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Residential Youth Worker (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 9 February

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.

Download the position description (PDF 970KB)

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Residential Youth Worker - Night Shift (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 7 February

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and experienced residential youth worker to join the night shift team in a  residential facility based in Christchurch managed by Barnardos NZ.  

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

Download the position description (PDF 1,195KB)

Apply now

Senior Administrator - Foster Care Team (Auckland)

Applications close Tuesday 28 January

Barnardos Administrators have varied and interesting jobs providing general administrative support and customer service for internal and external customers.

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Service Manager - Social Services (Auckland)

Applications close Monday 3 February

Are you a proactive, energetic and resilient manager, up to the challenge of leading the practice and operational management of a team of Social Workers and other social service professionals?  Then this could be the role you have been waiting for! 

Our dedicated team, based in Te Atatu, provide support to clients through a range of Barnardos Child and Family Services in Central Auckland,  North Shore and West Auckland regions.

Download the position description (PDF 1,300KB)

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Social Worker (Christchurch)

Applications close Thursday 23 January

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Social Worker who has previous experience promoting engagement and wellbeing, and has the ability to support and/or supervise a small team of social workers.

As an experienced and proficient Social Work practitioner you will work 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.

You will rely on your strong social work experience to create strength based assessments and interventions plans and be an advocate for tamariki and their whānau to empower them to achieve their goals.

Download the position description (PDF 1,300KB)

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Social Worker - Social Worker in Schools (Invercargill)

Applications close Friday 31 January

We are looking for a Social Worker with experience and interest in working with tamariki and their family/whānau to join our Social Worker in Schools team.

The Social Worker in Schools service is an early intervention social work service based within the primary and intermediate schools environment. This role provides the opportunity to work closely with tamariki and their whānau and have genuine engagement with the clients of the service and the wider school community.

Download the position description (PDF 1,300KB)

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Corporate services

Senior People & Capability Advisor (Wellington)

Applications close Thursday 23 January

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Social Worker who has previous experience promoting engagement and wellbeing, and has the ability to support and/or supervise a small team of social workers.

As an experienced and proficient Social Work practitioner you will work 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.

You will rely on your strong social work experience to create strength based assessments and interventions plans and be an advocate for tamariki and their whānau to empower them to achieve their goals.

Download the position description (PDF 1,310KB)

Apply now