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.

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

Centre Manager - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close Monday 13 July

An outstanding Centre Manager opportunity for you to bring your strong leadership and operational management skills to lead an amazing teaching team and create an engaging environment for children. This position is permanent full time and base at

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Educators - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close on Friday 31 July

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

As a Casual Educator you will support different Auckland Centre's where you would work and be supported by a passionate and professional team of teachers and leaders.

We have 3 casual positions across Auckland, 2 positions for South Auckland and 1 position for West Auckland.

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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. 

Teaching Assistant (Fixed Term) - Early Learning (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 5 July

Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi provides a comprehensive and integrated residential treatment programme for adolescent males who have been identified to be at high risk of repeating sexually abusive behaviours and have been referred by Oranga Tamariki from throughout New Zealand. The residence is responsible for the education, therapy and accommodation/care to assist youth establish non-abusive lifestyles.

We are looking for a resilient and pro-active person to work 35 hours per week in an education setting with adolescent youth. This role provides support to a residential based education team ensuring quality education for all youth is delivered.

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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: lesley.macken@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 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

Casual Residential Youth Worker (Invercargill)

The role maintains responsibility for supporting the care of young people, alongside live-in caregivers and the residential team, 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 home.

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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 Leanne.white@barnardos.org.nz

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Children's Contact Coordinator (Wanganui)

Applications close Friday 10 July

Some relationships aren't smooth sailing but we know the value of family, so we provide a supervised contact service to help maintain kinship and repair broken bonds.

Providing supervised contact provides a safe, controlled and caring environment for children to spend time with a non-custodial parent or family member.

The Contact Coordinator plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the child has a physically and emotionally safe environment during the supervised parent contact sessions.

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Childrens Contact Supervisor (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 5 July

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 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 Coordinator to ensure safety of all children.

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Clinician - Residential Services (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 5 July

If you are seeking a challenging yet hugely rewarding role, a Clinician’s position working within the Christchurch based group homes may fit the bill !  The role is pivotal in our work with these young people with high and complex needs. 

This role provides clinical support, staff coaching and mentoring and comprehensive care plans and risk assessments by delivering planned and purposeful trauma informed care and programmes at individual, group and family/whanau levels.

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Family Breakdown Assessor (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 5 July

Barnardos is working with the Ministry of Social Development to provide a Family Breakdown Assessment service (FBA) for young people in order to obtain a young person's 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 person's life. The Assessor considers the circumstances and completes a written report with their professional recommendation on the evidence of a family breakdown.

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Kaiarahi - Advisor (Christchurch)

Applications close Thursday 2 July

About the role

We are looking for a resilient and pro-active person to join our team providing guidance and support, Manaaki meaningful relationships and understanding of Te Reo mē ona Tikanga and the Tiriti o Waitangi to staff and young people in our group homes.

You will lead and support others to understand and appreciate structures within Māoridom which are essential to successful outcomes for young people. 

Key responsibilities

  • advise and support the team when formulating policy to ensure a best practice culturally responsive approach is reflected
  • evaluate practice from a Māori perspective and promote and guide necessary improvements
  • engage with rangatahi and whanau
  • staff development and support
  • able to fully engage and contribute purposefully to the group homes

Skills and experience

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • excellent communication skills,
  • a passion for working with rangatahi,
  • flexibility in your approach with clarity of your role
  • a thorough understanding of Te Reo mē ona Tikanga and the Tiriti o Waitangi.

We’d like to hear from you if you have:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification in social work, education, or related disciplines
  • ability and proven skills to coach/support/mentor others
  • ability and proven experience working with young people and their families/whanau in a positive and supportive way
  • a sound understanding of the social services and/or residential environment
  • confidence in te reo me ona tikanga Māori
  • experience in the implementation of Māori models of practice
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori
  • a background in community engagement with iwi and màori groups
  • the ability to lead, guide and advise staff reflecting Barnardos guiding principles; kotahitanga, mahi tōtika, kaikōkiritanga, ata whakarongo and māitanga
  • ability to take innovative approach to improving social outcomes

Benefits and perks

  • Discounted childcare for staff members
  •  flexible working conditions
  • Discounts with various retail and service organisations
  • Professional support and development opportunities

About Barnardos

Barnardos is 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. We believe that 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.

With your help we can do even more.

For further information please contact edwina.poynton@barnardos.org.nz   

If you have come through from Maori and Pacific jobs website, to apply please submit your CV and cover letter to Christine.rodda@barnardos.org.nz.

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

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Mana Ake Clinical Practitioner (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 17 July

If you are looking for flexibility in an interesting but challenging role, we’d like to invite you to join the Barnardos host team working within the Mana Ake contract. The position is supported and coordinated by a designated practice and operational hub within a stimulating and innovative team environment. As a Clinical Mana Ake Kaimahi you will work in Ashburton Schools. As there is a strong clinical component to this role, this would ideally suit an experienced registered practitioner, identified under the HPCA Act, with previous knowledge and skills to engage children/young people in schools.

This is a fixed term contract until June 2021 with 37.5 hours.

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Residential Social Worker (Invercargill)

Due to internal changes and growth of services Barnardos are excited to welcome Social Workers who have a passion for working with young people and their family/whānau to join our Residential Care Team

The Residential Social Worker will work closely alongside the Residential Youth worker, young person and their families.This role provides the opportunity to empower and make a difference in the young person's life.

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Residential Youth Workers - Specialist Youth Care Home (Dunedin)

Full time, part time and casual opportunities to work within a model of transitional therapeutic foster care which is underpinned by the Barnardos Principle Led Care Framework. You will be part of a team of passionate professionals, working alongside the young person in building relationships to support them transition to permanent care. You will be an integral part of the wraparound team and committed to providing a home with a strong focus on healing and restoration of well-being

As an engaging youth worker you will be fun and prepared to get stuck in and participate in numerous activities with the young person, as well as being a champion to advocate for the young person's voice. 

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Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home (Wellington)

Applications close Sunday 5 July

Te Whare Awhina is Barnardos' Wellington-based Specialist Group Home. We are on the hunt for superstar youth workers to join our pool of casuals providing expert youth work and support for our tamariki.

As a casual you will mainly provide cover for the permanent youth workers when they are sick or on leave. Ideally you would be available to cover shifts that start at 3pm in the afternoon through to the following morning, as well as weekend work (all shifts include a sleepover). NOTE - We can be flexible with roster times where appropriate

Other work available for casual staff is to support our tamariki during school and public holidays (including Summer months) and other programming needs like transporting our tamariki to appointments, mentoring, and even attending trips away!

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Social Worker - Social Workers In Schools (Invercargill)

Applications close Wednesday 15 July

 The Social Workers in Schools role is one of few where you have the ability to undertake varied and creative interventions unique to the tamariki's presenting needs and be a trusted adult they see not only during intervention, but as a member of the school community.

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.

We at Barnardos are excited to welcome Social Workers, or those working towards their social work qualifications, who share our passion for working with tamariki and their family/whānau to join our Social Worker in Schools team.

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Whanau Support Worker (Christchurch)

Applications close Saturday 18 July

Barnardos is contracted to provide care for young people in a group of residential homes in and around Christchurch where staff are responsible for educational support, outdoor and indoor activities, and support the youth to establish improved lifestyles as they transition back into the community. We are seeking out a well organised effective communicator with a strong desire to support and assist tamariki/whànau by providing wraparound support and guidance while in our care.

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