Residential Youth Worker

Oranga Tamariki

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Bay of Plenty

Permanent, full-time, Rotorua

Are you looking for a challenging but rewarding career?

Do you demonstrate resilience, maturity, reliability, honesty and common-sense?

Can you work rostered shifts - early mornings, late evenings, weekends and public holidays?

What is Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Residence

Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Residence, just outside Rotorua, 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. We care for up to 30 young men aged 13 to 17 years old who are involved in the Youth Justice system.

What's on offer:

  • A salary package based between $52,987 - $77,722
  • Regular supervision with training every three weeks
  • Career development opportunities
  • Access to a generous Southern Cross health plan and banking package with Westpac
  • Rewarding and challenging work that makes a difference to the community

What you will do

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 the following:

  • 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

What you will bring:

  • A full, clean, valid driver's licence
  • Meet the Vulnerable Children's Act safety checking and Police Vetting requirements
  • A valid Visa - New Zealand Residency or Citizenship
  • Resilience, initiative and a proactive approach with a positive outlook
  • It would be an advantage if you have a tertiary education within psychology, social sciences, social work, sports, arts or teaching. However, life experience is also taken into account.
  • Flexibility to work different shifts - mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays
  • Experience working with rangatahi, physically able to keep up with energetic teenagers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
  • Knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo would be an advantage

Applications close Monday, 25 October 2021.

How to apply

Applications are only accepted online via the 'apply now' button. Please note, your CV and cover letter are required to assist in the shortlisting process. All applications are subject to police vetting.

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 Debbie Aitchison on or via 07 921 4317.

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