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

Educators - Early Learning 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 info@bel.og.nz and we'll make sure your details are passed on to the team in your area. 

National Business Manager - Early Learning (Wellington)

Applications close Sunday 27 June

The National Business Manager is a key member of the Barnardos Early Learning (BEL) National Leadership Team and contributes to the strategic objectives of the organisation. This role will support the General Manager to ensure that there is a focus on commercial success through robust business analysis and valuable business advice and leadership.

Excellent people leader skills will enable you to lead the national administration team across New Zealand and work to deliver a consistent and efficient approach to administration and service support. In addition, you will support our commitment to improvement, and build strong, collaborative relationships with other BEL teams to develop, maintain and evaluate effective business procedures. Finally you will be a strong communicator, working effectively with our corporate services teams to improve service delivery. To do this you will take the lead on business cases, use market driven data analysis, advise on marketing strategies and ensure we pay attention to the things that matter to BEL. 

This role will keep you busy and will require flexibility to contribute operationally and strategically. While you will be based in Wellington, there is an expectation that you will travel to our Early Learning Centres, Home Based Networks and regional offices from time to time.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close Sunday 27 June

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.This role is based at our Mangere Early Learning Centre in under 2s.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Christchurch)

Applications close on Friday 25 June

This is an exciting and rewarding position suited to a proven and experienced Kaiako with exceptional interpersonal skills.  Your warmth, sense of humour, flexibility, and confidence with learning stories with a commitment to culturally responsive practices will make you a perfect fit in our supportive, collaborative team.

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

This is 12 months Fixed Term, 20 hours per week.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Hamilton)

Applications close Friday 25 June

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Turua)

Applications close Wednesday 2 July

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning. This is a full time position base at our Turua centre.

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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: aucklandonehunga@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 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 wendy.lorenz@barnardos.org.nz

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Family Breakdown Assessor (Whangarei)

Applications close Wednesday 9 June

We are looking for an experienced social or whānau worker to engage directly with young people and their parents or caregivers.

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.

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Family Violence Coordinator (Nelson)

Applications close Friday 11 June

A Family Violence Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of our family harm programmes for tamariki and wahine in the Nelson region.

This permanent part-time role (20hrs/week) works directly with tamariki and wahine completing assessments of safety needs, increasing their understanding of the dynamics and impacts of family harm and developing skills that will support their safety. Throughout this process you may assist them to access relevant community resources and services.

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Infant and Early Childhood professional - Child and Family Practitioner (New Plymouth)

As a Family Start professional you will deliver an intensive home visiting programme that works with vulnerable 0-5 year olds and their whānau. The programme focuses on improving infant/children’s growth and health, learning and relationships, family circumstances, environment, & safety. Whānau with high needs can be referred to Family Start at any time from pregnancy confirmation, and up until the baby is 12 months old. Family Start is for families with mental health issues, addiction problems, care and protection history, relationship problems, parenting and child development issues or other issues.

We are looking for three Family Start positions (permanent 36-40 hour per week), with the opportunity to be based in either of our Family Start offices  two in New Plymouth and one in Hawera.  

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Programme Assistant (Whangarei)

Applications close Friday 18 June

The role of a Programme Assistant 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 Programme Assistants for casual work at our office in Whangarei. You will be working alongside our Coordinators and full training will be given.

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Residential Youth Workers – Casual Day and Night Shifts (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Youth Workers to provide casual relief support which sometimes is requested at short notice.

Day shift hours are 6.30am to  3pm OR 2.00pm to 10.30pm and for Night shifts 10.30pm – 6.30am.

The role maintains responsibility on a casual basis for the 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.

Duties

  • Care for youth by assisting them to engage in therapeutic interventions
  • Support youth make positive changes in their lives through education, treatment and residential care
  • Support programmed activities for youth that enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual development while in residential care
  • Administrative tasks including (???? Ask Debbie) for night shift workers

Skills and experience key to this role are:

  • Previous experience working with young people is preferred
  • Be currently studying towards a formal qualification in human services or similar is desirable
  • A belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • Professional integrity, resilience and dedication
  • A current full clean NZ Driver’s licence is required

Some of the work can be quite challenging so you will need to have resilience and passion for working with youth, be a flexible person with a positive attitude and exhibit the ability to build strong professional relationships with young people, whānau/ families, staff and service providers.  

On day shifts you will be working alongside of passionate Residential, Clinical, Education and Administrative team members. The night shift consists of two people working together to ensure security is maintained and various administrative and housekeeping tasks are completed.

For more information please contact alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz or phone 03 349 0088

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Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home Casual (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 18 June

Our Specialist Group Home provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic programme for up to five young men, to develop life skills in preparation for transitioning back to their whanau, caregivers or otherwise into independence. 

  • Provide casual cover for permanent staff on leave and during school holidays
  • As part of a team of Casual Residential Youth Workers, you will assist with the daily care and programme delivery for our rangatahi.
  • Understanding that relationship is key to supporting positive behaviours, you will be excellent at developing rapport and role modelling positive relationships.
  • As an engaging and fun youth worker, you will be ready to get stuck in and participate in activities with our rangatahi and be a champion advocate for their voice.

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Strengthening Families Coordinator (New Plymouth)

The Strengthening Families process works with vulnerable children, young people and their families who require a coordinated invention from more than one support agency or service.

As Strengthening Families Coordinator you will play a vital role in the work Barnardos does to make New Zealand a better, safer, happier place for Kiwi kids.  The role is based in New Plymouth but you will work with agencies throughout the Taranaki region. 

The hours are 25-40 hours per week and we are open to negotiation for the right candidate.

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Social Worker (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 25 June

As a Social Worker working in a residential environment you will work alongside the young person and their families to engage in therapeutic interventions and support in making positive changes in their lives. 

This is a unique and specialised role with a caseload of up to 5 clients with flexible working hours.

Key responsibilities

  • Collaborate with families/whānau to assess the needs of the young person
  • Create and monitor action plans using appropriate interventions to assist the family.
  • Support families to use their strengths, to develop greater resiliency and maintain a positive and safe environment for our young people/whānau in their community.
  • Engage with the youth during the school holidays to develop exciting activities

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Social Worker (New Plymouth)

We have a social work position available of 32 hours per week in our child and family services team based in New Plymouth

The position covers all of North Taranaki to deliver social work services in both urban and rural areas. As a family support social worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resilience, reinforce positive parenting and assist children and families access community resources

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Social Worker (Taranaki)

This is a permanent social work position of 36 hours per week in our child and family services team based in Hawera.

The position covers all of South Taranaki to deliver social work services in both urban and rural areas. As a family support social worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resilience, reinforce positive parenting and assist children and families access community resources

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Corporate services

Administrator (Wellington)

Applications close Friday 2 July

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

Key responsibilities

  • Greet clients/customers, assist or direct queries to the appropriate person
  • Data entry, filing, printing and binding, ensuring all relevant information is accurately and securely maintained
  • Coordinate recruitment and inductions for the service or business unit manager
  • Organisation and coordination of meetings, travel arrangements, preparation of agendas and meeting papers

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