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Residential Cook

Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki
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Wellington - Hutt Valley
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Job Description

Job ID: 7527

At Oranga Tamariki, we work with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country. And we're passionate about it.


We're seeking to hire an experienced cook to join our support services team at Epuni Residence in Lower Hutt.  The hours of work are on an ‘as and when required' basis. Daytime, evening and weekends are available. 


In this busy and varied role, you will assist the Team of Cooks in planning menus and preparing meals for children and young people in care. Your great organisational skills will see you manage delivery arrangements, order food stores, assist in the staff roster, prepare for special events and prepare quality meals on time.


Oranga Tamariki Residences are strongly focused on achieving positive change through education, skill development, vocational and employment programmes with the goal of positive integration back into the community. As Residential Casual Cook, you will build strong working relationships with residential staff, social workers, young people in care, as well as, external contractors. 


The successful applicant will have:

  • Proven experience working as a cook
  • A level of competence in the using a computer
  • Strong relationship building skills and experience dealing with young people
  • Ability to work to a schedule and meet deadlines
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective organisation, planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised at times
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, use your initiative and a sense of humour!
  • A clean, current full driver's licence is required


On top of this, you'll have strong organisational skills, and good attention to detail to work to tight deadlines. You'll like dealing with people, take pride in customer service, and positively manage internal and external business relationships with ease.


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description.


How to apply 


Internal Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.


External Candidates - Only applications received directly through our MVCOT careers page at will be accepted. 


If you have any questions about the role please contact Louise Sanson at or phone: (04) 913 3682.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Applications close: Sunday 27th August 2017

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