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 (Otago)

Applications close Saturday 22 August

An exciting leadership opportunity is available in Cromwell as a Centre Manager to bring your outstanding leadership qualities and ECE operational management skills to take our dynamic and innovative teaching team to the next level and continue to grow an incredible environment for our children.

Cromwell Early Learning Centre is licensed for up to 44 tamariki, including 12 up to 2 years of age. The Centre Manager leads a team of 7 fully qualified teachers, a Cook and Administrator to help tamariki to explore, learn and discover.

The purpose-built centre is located in a unique garden setting that reflects the natural environment, is open plan design and is light and airy with plenty of space for tamariki. We love the spacious outdoor area, getting together to share kai and the passionate teaching team have a great environment to teach in.

Cromwell is an exciting and fast growing place to live – surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled alongside Lake Dunstan, it offers the whole family adventures and excitement in a region that has an abundance of stunning walks, biking tracks for all ages and levels, water sports and during winter, snow enthusiasts will enjoy being in close proximity to the superb ski areas all nearby. This is an expanding area of Central Otago with many new and existing young families in the town and surrounding areas which are all ‘holiday’ destinations for most of us.

Download the position description (PDF 1,200KB)

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Community Coordinator (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 28 August

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 options

Download the position description (PDF 1,063KB)

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Cook - Early Learning (Wellington)

Applications close Friday 14 August

The Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are a vital part of the Early Learning Centre team as they are responsible for preparing food for the children in our Centres on a daily basis.

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 in food preparation and where possible.

As a part-time position (20 hours per week) Monday - Friday in our brand new purpose built centre. This role is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for a part-time role and enjoys working in a fun-filled, busy environment surrounded by children.

Download the position description (PDF 1,200KB)

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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. 

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

Download the job description (PDF 1,330KB)

 

Intensive Wraparound Service Facilitator (Dunedin)

Applications close Friday 14 August

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Child and Family Services Practitioner to provide Intensive Wraparound Service facilitation support to vulnerable children and their families.

Barnardos and the Ministry of Education deliver the Intensive Wraparound Service which provides a range of community based services and programmes supporting children and young people who have high and complex needs in a range of settings including home, schools, community and care within a multi-disciplinary team.

In this full time role you will work in a multi-disciplinary team engaging young people in the IWS process and support them to develop and monitor plans.

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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 Friday 21 August

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!

Download the position description (PDF 391.36KB)

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Senior Administrator (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 28 August

As a Senior Administrator, you will provide general administrative and service delivery support of multiple services and programmes across our Child and Family Services.

You will be an experienced Administrator with excellent communication skills, resilience, flexibility and the ability to build strong phone relationships. Coordination of multiple referrals a day and to ensure that the service delivery is completed within required time frames. This is a 35 hour per week role with flexibility.

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Corporate services

Executive Assistant (Wellington)

As an experienced EA you’ll enjoy using your skills in providing professional high quality executive level support. You’ll enjoy attending and taking minutes at high level meetings working with the CE to provide support at executive, child and family services senior leadership team and board levels.

Your organisational skills will be second to none, and you will be quickly foster connections across Barnardos to ensure our governance, strategic and operational leaders are well supported to do their work.

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