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Residential Workers

Oranga Tamariki

Closing Date : 31 Dec 2018

Residential Workers (Casual) - Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo

Job ID: 26988

  • Are you looking for casual work?
  • Are you interested in challenging yet rewarding work?
  • Can you provide positive role-modelling for young people?

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We work with young people who have offended.  We are committed to putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do and say.  

At Te Puna Wai, we operate a secure 24/7 facility, working with young people aged 13-17 who are on remand or sentenced via Youth Court. Our ultimate goal is to help every young person we work with to realise their potential. We help rangatahi transition into education, training, or employment, and to a safe and stable living arrangement when they leave our care. 

Residential Workers can and do make a significant difference in the lives of at-risk rangatahi. They provide day-to-day role-modelling, mentoring, support, and coordinated activities for the challenging young men under our care. As a Residential Worker, you will be working on the floor with our rangatahi, so previous experience working with youth will be an advantage. You will be delivering programmes and services as part of a daily programme or an individual care plan.

Because our roles are the result of some pretty innovative legislation, we operate residential services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing programmes for young people to get back on track to living just like other people their age.

We need to ensure that our residence is fully staffed at all times and therefore need to draw from our casual pool.

We are currently looking for casuals to cover the following shifts:

  • Day casuals - covering shifts from 6:30am - 3:00pm / 1:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Night casuals - covering shift from 10:00pm - 6:30am

Casual employment is a great option for those who are interested in starting out in a career working with youth. There are no fixed hours so this role can be carried out while studying, or in conjunction with other part-time work. Please note that all successful appointees must be available for a three week full-time induction programme covering Monday-Friday before starting shifts as a casual.

About you:

Ideally you will have relevant experience working with at-risk children or youth or a qualification in youth work, sport and recreation, education, health, or psychology. Applicants with relevant and transferrable life skills are also encouraged to apply.

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Be a strong team player and positive role model.
  • Be flexible and able to work rostered shifts.
  • Meet the Vulnerable Children’s Act safety checking and Ministry vetting requirements.
  • Demonstrate initiative and sound judgement, with an ability to ‘think on your feet’.
  • Have experience developing rapport with young people.
  • Be self-directed in work practices.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills and good computer literacy.
  • Have a full, clean driver licence.

The saying ‘every day is different’ was made for this role.  Casual workers are the people who cover the full time team on an ‘as and when’ required basis within the residence. At any time, on any day or any night, the phone might ring – because the wellbeing and safety of our young people is not 9 to 5.

Gaining experience in the residential environment at Oranga Tamariki in the role of a casual worker, can lead to a permanent career in residential services.

We're on an exciting, bold journey, working to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes for tamariki.

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of at-risk young people, join our supportive team who are fully committed to achieving positive outcomes for young people, whānau and the community.

How to apply:

Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.
All external applicants - please apply through the ‘apply button’ and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online.

Please also state your preference of working either night or day in your cover letter.

If you have any questions please contact Dianne McGimpsey on (03) 977 5404.

Applications close:  Monday, 31 December 2018


Position Description - Residential Worker


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