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Social Worker

NZ Defence Force
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Community Services
Auckland - Auckland
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Provide brief intervention therapy to our young people
  • Support programme facilitation
  • Unique environment and culture

What you will do

The Youth Development Unit Social Worker is responsible for the provision of a full range of social work services to the LSV programme and advising on participants in the YLS courses as required.

This role will see you work with our youth by providing brief intervention therapy. Working with new trainees you will support them through our six week programme and help them to transition once they complete the course. We work with CBT, MI and strengths based therapies, you have six weeks to make a difference!
What we need
You must be an NZ registered social worker with at least three years' experience as an independent practitioner. In addition to this you will need to have proven experience of working with youth. This role is a little different in that you have a set time frame of six weeks to work with our trainees and this will include being out with them on the course in the bush or on field exercises.
As an experienced social worker you will understand the need to develop collaborative working relationships across the organisation. Being able to interact confidently and professionally is essential in this role as you will work across a diverse range of people and offer guidance and support to military Command.
Being quite an autonomous role you are happy to work independently while contributing to the wider YDU unit and team. Knowledge of drug/substance abuse and associated health issues, psychological illness and intervention is highly desirable.
Please note there is an on call component to this role.
Who we are
The YDU is responsible for providing support to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) output 4.5 support to the community through the provision of training to selected elements of  New Zealand's youth, these being Limited Services Volunteer (LSV), and Youth Life Skills (YLS) schemes.  A New Zealand Defence Force Unit   (Navy, Army, Air Force, and Civilian) with sub units based in Burnham, Trentham and Auckland and a HQ located at Burnham Camp.
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. 
Why Us

The YDU is an initiative that provides young people (12 – 24 years), non-military, with a comprehensive programme designed to enable course participants to progress into job placement, trade training further education and re-engagement in local communities. 
Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 
How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, contact Mel Tahuri on 021 904361.

Applications close on Sunday 28 April 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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