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

Community Coordinator (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 02 October

The Community Coordinator is responsible for identifying, developing and assisting regional activities that directly support the growth of enrolments across Barnardos Early Learning in Auckland.  In addition, the role is responsible for building relationships with local businesses, community and identified stakeholders, to support the brand of Barnardos Early Learning.

This is a part time position of 20 hours. Permanent/ Fixed term option

Download the position description (PDF 1,270KB)

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Educators - Early Learning Centre 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.

Download the position description for Educators - Centre (PDF 1,270KB)

Download the position description for Teachers (PDF 1,270KB)

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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 and we'll make sure your details are passed on to the team in your area. 

Relief Teachers/Educators (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 2 October

We are looking for qualified Teachers or Educators to join our purpose built Hornby Pasifika Early Learning Centre team.  The Centre is dynamic, innovative and the team is committed to providing high quality care for all families and children in the wider community.  

Download the Educator position description (PDF 1,270KB)

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

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Teacher - Early Learning (Hastings)

Applications close Friday 25th September

Our beautiful Hastings Early Learning Centre, needs a fantastic new Teacher to join our team. This role is suitable for a qualified teacher or teacher in training. 

We are also looking for qualified and unqualified relievers to work on a casual basis.

You'll bring your experience to assess, plan and implement a curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

Our beautiful light, bright and airy indoor environment is purpose-built to stimulate and develop the natural curiosities of our tamariki. 

Download the position description (PDF 1,378KB)

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Visiting Teacher - Early Learning (Palmerston North)

Applications close Friday 25th September

This 32-hour permanent role, is an exciting opportunity for you to develop and grow a network of home-based educators in the Manawatu/Wanganui region and will require a ‘self-starter’ with proven leadership skills, who understands the role of a mentor. Please note this role will become a full time 40-hour, permanent role as the network grows.

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.

Visiting Teachers also promote Barnardos’ early learning services to families and whānau in their region and assist with promotional activities and strategic business development.

Download the position description (PDF 1,270KB)

Apply now


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


  • 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:

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

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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.

Download the position description (PDF 391.36KB)

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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

Download the job description (PDF 1,330KB)


Clinician - Registered Psychologist (Christchurch)

Applications close Wednesday 14 October

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

Key responsibilities: 

  • Assessment and therapeutic support with the aim of reducing frequency and/or severity of their behaviour
  • Delivery of individual, group and family therapy
  • Provide quality clinical supervision to residential staff as required
  • Deliver training to residential staff relevant to expertise

Download the position description (PDF 1,400KB)

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Residence Manager (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 13 November


We are looking for a proactive, energetic and resilient person to lead the practice and operational management of strong professional teams of clinicians, social workers, educationalists, residential and administrative staff who provide 24/7 care and support for up to 8 young people resident in Te Poutama Àrahi Rangatahi residential home on the outskirts of Christchurch.  

To provide a comprehensive and integrated residential treatment programme for up to 8 adolescent males who have harmful sexual behaviours and have been referred by Oranga Tamariki from throughout New Zealand.  The service is responsible for the care, education and therapeutic interventions to assist young people make positive changes.

Download the position description (PDF 1,367KB)

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Residential Youth Workers - Specialist Youth Care Home (Dunedin)

Applications close Thursday 15 October

This role works within a team of passionate professionals, alongside the young person supporting and building relationships while being a champion and advocating for the young person’s voice.

Residential Youth Workers work in multidisciplinary team providing a trauma-informed approach to care;  maintaining a home with a strong focus on hearing and restoration of wellbeing, and as well as being prepared to get stuck in and participate in numerous activities with the young person you will have fun and a sense of real satisfaction in your work.  The work is rostered shift work, day hours, sleeping hours and waking night hours.  

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Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home (Christchurch)

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and/or experienced residential youth workers for a specialist group home in the city. If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, and are looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, then a role like this could be for you.

Download the position description (PDF 1,113KB) 

Download the roster (PDF 12KB) 

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Teacher (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 2 October

If you are an experienced, qualified, innovative and certificated teacher looking to work with adolescent youth in a residential setting this could be a change in job for you. The permanent role within the education team contributes to the professional leadership of the team in classroom practice and pedagogy to ensure the provision of quality education for youth is maintained during the school year. 

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