Residential Youth Worker (casual)

Oranga Tamariki

  • Casual
  • Auckland

Casual, Manurewa

Our Youth Justice Residence 'Korowai Manaaki' provides a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi (young people) who have offended can make changes and get their lives back on track. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate young offenders. Residential Youth Workers understand that the causes of offending are complex, and that successfully dealing with young offenders, demands action beyond simple punitive measures.

Mō mātou - About us

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do.

In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values:

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey

Mō te tūnga- About the role: 

  • Residential Youth Workers provide rangatahi with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their whānau and communities.
  • Guiding a behavioural change is a massive task and means our residential youth workers have many responsibilities, including:
  • Ensuring that a safe and secure environment is maintained for the benefit of the rangatahi, staff and the community
  • Supporting young offenders in their personal growth and rehabilitation with a focus on health, education, training and employment
  • Working with rangatahi to help them build and strengthen relationships with their whānau and communities and encouraging them to act on referrals to services

We are looking for enthusiastic people that want to be part of a team that is instrumental in turning young lives around. As a member of the youth justice residence team, you are working all day with rangatahi. You must have a passion for wanting to make a positive difference in their lives.

To excel in this role a tertiary qualification in sport, health, education or youth work would be useful but life skills such as carpentry, IT, culture and arts and sport skills are invaluable.

Our Residence runs a 24/7 operation with staff working various shift times. The shifts are; morning shift (6.30am-3.00pm), afternoon shift (2.30pm-11.00pm) and night shifts (10.30pm - 7.00am) which also involves working weekends and public holidays when available on an on-call casual basis.

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu - What you will bring:

  • Great engagement skills to overcome barriers
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Cultural awareness particularly around Māori and Pacifica communities
  • Ability to establish relationships with people from all walks of life
  • Good computer skills, particularly with MS Office Software, report writing is part of this role
  • A current, and full driver's license and ability to work some weekend hours
  • Experience in social services or working with at-risk youth is ideal, however applicants with transferrable life skills are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to be flexible with working hours

If you will have established relationships and networks across the area and a good knowledge of the key players to help you make a difference in the lives of youth then apply Today!

Applications close Thursday, 21 October 2021.

Me pēhea te tuku tono- How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now'please include your CV and cover letter.

If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee, please register or log in using your Oranga Tamariki e-mail address.

If you have any queries, please contact

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