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Residential Youth Worker

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Community Services
Bay of Plenty - Rotorua
Bay of Plenty
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Residential Youth Worker

 Residential Youth Worker

Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Residence, Rotorua

Permanent, multiple vacancies


Are you looking for challenging yet rewarding work?

Can you provide positiove role-modelling for young men?



We are committed to putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do and say.  

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, whanau and the community.


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


Residential Youth Workers can and do make a significant difference in the lives of at-risk tamariki. They provide day-to-day role-modelling, mentoring, support, and coordinated activities for the challenging young men under our care.


As a Residential Youth Worker, you will be working directly with our tamariki, so previous experience working with youth will be an advantage as you will be delivering programmes and services as part of a daily programme or an individual care plan.


The residence operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week, the Residential Youth Worker positions cover shift work (AM & PM), weekends and public holidays can be part of this roster:


  • AM Shift 6.00am to 2.30pm
  • PM Shift 2.00pm to 10.30pm



Relevant experience working with at-risk children or youth or a qualification in youth work, sport and recreation, education, health, or psychology is preferred but not essential. Applicants with relevant and transferrable life skills are also encouraged to apply. A full orientation and training programme is included.


Please note that all successful appointees must be available for a THREE week full-time induction programme starting 18th March covering Monday-Friday 


The ideal candidate should:


  • Be a strong team player and positive role model.
  • Be flexible and able to work.
  • 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 New Zealand drivers' licence.


Applications close: Sunday, 27th January 2019.




How to apply:


Please click the apply now link to submit your online application, including your CV and a Cover Letter outlining why you would make a great Residential Youth Worker.


Current Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure your myHR employee profile is recognised as ‘internal'.

MSD employees - please apply externally.



For further information please contact: or phone 07-9214317




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