Residential Youth Worker - Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki

  • Full Time
  • Otago

Residential Youth Workers, Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children

Puketai Care and Protection Residence, Anderson's Bay, Dunedin

Our Residential Youth Workers have an important role to play. They provide care and support to the young people in our care and encourage and motivate them to make positive choices. This is a real opportunity to positively influence young people, help them grow and successfully transition back into the community.

This is not a 9 to 5 job, our young people require wrap around support from us which is why our Residential Youth Workers do rostered shifts as the facility provides 24-hours, 7-days per week coverage (including weekends and public holidays). The working shifts are a mixture of AM 6.30am to 3:00pm and PM 2:00pm to 10.30pm, which roll over a three weekly period (then repeats). This includes some weekends and public holidays.

What you will bring?

  • A full, clean, valid driver's licence
  • Meet the Children's Act safety checking and our vetting requirements
  • New Zealand citizenship or residency
  • Resilience, initiative and a proactive approach with a positive outlook
  • Empathy, patience and ability to see past what someone may be struggling with
  • A tertiary education within psychology, social sciences, social work, sports, music, arts or other relevant qualification
  • Flexibility to work rostered shifts - mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays
  • Previous experience working with rangatahi
  • Physically able to be active with the young people
  • Sound judgement with the ability to manage risk and make tough decisions
  • Life experience and understanding of how trauma impacts our young people's journey
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
  • Sound understanding and confidence in tikanga Māori

What you will do?

  • Coach and support rangatahi through our structured day building trusting relationships to help them re-engage with education and health services
  • Confidently plan group and individual programs and activities relevant to their individual needs - supporting sporting, cultural and life skills opportunities
  • Support young people to connect with their whanau and reintegrate back into their communities
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team that is working towards the same goal
  • Build rapport with rangatahi who have experienced trauma and work along side them to learn different ways to regulate their emotions, fears and concerns
  • Be physically able to participate in activities along side our rangatahi while also being confident to manage challenging behaviours when they arise

Who are we?

Our tamariki and rangatahi deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard, and be surrounded by loving whānau. At Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children, we're on a journey to ensure that it happens. We are a leading social work practice that is child-centred, trauma-informed, and effective for all cultures. We are a Ministry with a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of everything we do and say.

How to apply?

Apply online with your CV and cover letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. For further information, please contact

Applications close on Friday, 12 March 2021.

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