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.

You'll need to complete and sign a Candidate Declaration form and attach it to your application.

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 Early Learning Centre Teacher (South Island)

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic teachers–in–training or certified teachers to work in our community–based centres in the South Island.

We have centres in:

  • Kaikōura
  • Christchurch
  • Oamaru
  • Cromwell
  • Invercargill

Our centres are dynamic, innovative and committed to providing high–quality care for all families and children and for the wider community.

About you

  • You have a positive “can do” attitude .
  • You are qualified, or working towards a qualification and fully certificated, with a current first aid certificate.
  • You have initiative, desire and passion for quality practice standards and commitment to the principles of Te Whāriki.
  • You have excellent communication, planning and organisation skills and a desire to make a difference to children in their early years while building strong links with their whanau and families.

Why work for us?

  • An opportunity to grow your career with educational assistance and financial support to retain (or gain) your full certification.
  • Thought–provoking professional development and dedicated professional time.
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and whanau in Aotearoa.

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.

Download the job description (PDF 1,115 KB)

For more information, email christine.rodda@barnardos.org.nz

 

Centre Manager (Turua)

Closes 19 July

As Centre Manager, you will build on your already proven pedagogical experience, strong leadership and operational management skills, to take an effective and enthusiastic teaching team to the next level.

Download the position description (PDF 1,620KB)

Apply now

Pedagogy & Quality Assurance Advisor (Wellington)

Closes 29 July

This full-time, fixed term role is part of the National Pedagogy and Quality Assurance team, providing professional advice to our Early Learning Centres and Home Based networks. Your leadership, passion and self-management skills will enable you to make a real contribution to our team.

Download the job description (PDF 1,266KB)

For more information email tesa.enari@barnardos.org.nz

Apply now

 

Teacher - Early Learning (Henderson, Auckland)

Closes 27 July

We are looking for an enthusiastic, fully qualified, early learning Teacher. Our Henderson Early Learning Centre offers an inclusive learning programme that celebrates diverse culture. The centre is located next to and supports the Teen Parent Centre - He Wero O Nga Wahine.

Download the position description (PDF 1,115KB)

Apply now

Teacher - Early Learning (Mangere)

Applications close Monday 5th August

As our children are precious taonga we are looking for bright and enthusiastic teachers to work in our community–based centres. Some benefits include

  • Fantastic support and professional development opportunities
  • Amazing centre with a fantastic reputation
  • Warm, calm and nurturing approach to building relationships with whānau

Download the job description (PDF 1,15KB)

Apply now 

 

Teacher - Early Learning (Te Totara)

Closes 19 July

We are looking for an experienced and fully certificated qualified teacher to join our team at Barnardos Early Learning Te Totara, to work in partnership with parents and whānau and our team to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development.

Download the position description (PDF 1,115KB)

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

Intensive Wraparound Service Facilitator (Christchurch)

Closes 31 July

This full time fixed term role through to June 2020,  is ideal for an experienced Child and Family Services practitioner, to work in a multi-disciplinary team engaging young people in the IWS process and support them to develop and monitor plans.   The role can be challenging 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 1,339KB)

Apply now

Intensive Wraparound Service Facilitator (Dunedin)

Closes 25 July

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

Download the position description (PDF 1,340KB)

Apply now

Intensive Wraparound Service Facilitator (New Plymouth)

Closes 24 July

Barnardos and the Ministry of Education deliver the intensive wraparound service (IWS) which works with children/young people who have complex behavioural needs (which may include intellectual impairment).  You will be working with the child/young person and family/whānau to engage them in the IWS process and support them in the IWS team to develop and monitor plans.

This a full-time permanent role working throughout  Taranaki but based in our New Plymouth office.  It can be challenging work but is also extremely rewarding.  It's a vital part of our work to make New Zealand a better, safer, happier place for Kiwi kids.

Download the job description (PDF 1,339KB)

For more information email john.parry@barnardos.org.nz

Apply now

Kaimanaaki Whānau Worker (Auckland)

Closes 31 July

Te Korowai Mokopuna project is a partnership between Barnardos New Zealand and Save the Children New Zealand. We have established Family Centres attached to Barnardos early learning centres. The Family Centres have been set up to advocate for positive change at an individual and community level by making health, education and social services more accessible and less stigmatised for vulnerable children and their whānau.

By providing responsive wraparound support and outreach with social, educational and health issues that arise, the project will ensure that children living in vulnerable families have their needs met, are able to participate in their local community and ultimately, reach their potential.

Download the position description (PDF)

Apply now 

 

Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home (Christchurch)

Closes 30 July

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and experienced residential youth worker for a specialist group home in the city.

Download the position description (PDF 1,015KB)

Apply now

Social Worker (Whangarei)

Closes 19 July

As a family support Social Worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resiliency, reinforce positive parenting, and assist children and families to access community resources. The position is based in our Barnardos Whangarei office with part time hours of 30 a week.

Download the position description (PDF 1,300KB)

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Social Worker (Christchurch)

Closes 31 July

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.

Download the job description (PDF 1,052KB)

Apply now

Social Worker - Community Group Home (Christchurch)

Closes 19 July

  • Care and support young people assisting them to make positive changes in all areas of their lives.
  • Teach and support family/whanau to implement routines and programmes during the course of the admission and post-placement transition.

Download the position description (PDF 1,453KB)

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Team Leader - Social Work (Nelson)

Closes 31 July

Barnardos Child & Family Services are looking for a Team Leader to supervise and support a team of dedicated professionals in a part-time (30 hours per week) permanent role based in Richmond supporting both our Nelson and Blenheim offices.

Download the position description (PDF 1,251KB)

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Corporate services

Advocacy Advisor (Wellington)

Closes 31 July

Every day at Barnardos, we are working towards the vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child shines bright. In this role you will be working closely with our General Manager Advocacy, supporting the day-to-day delivery of Barnardos’ Advocacy Strategy.

You will develop insights by engaging effectively with a range of people and applying this knowledge to support Barnardos’ to drive systemic change across legislation, policy, practice and institutions, influencing key decision-makers on some of the biggest challenges facing children today.

Download the position description (PDF 4,328KB)

Apply now