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Residential Workers

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Otago - Dunedin
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Residential Workers - Puketai Residential Centre - Dunedin

Casual - multiple vacancies


  • Are you looking for casual work?
  • Are you interested in challenging yet rewarding work?
  • Can you provide positive role-modelling for young people?


Ma Matou Ma Tatou – Changing Young Lives


Do you want to be part of a team who make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people every day?  If the answer is ‘yes', we have a rewarding opportunity for you at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.


We are looking for people to join our pool of casual staff that provides cover as and when required.  Casual Residential Workers are called on to cover for our Care team. 


Oranga Tamariki operates four Care and Protection residences around the country Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington providing residential placements for children in the care or custody of the department.


Residences provide a safe and secure environment, while providing both individual and group programmes for tamariki.  Programmes focus on individual change and growth through specialist education services, programmes targeted to individual needs, clinical services, cultural programmes and physical activities.


We help tamariki transition into education, training, or employment, and to a safe and stable living arrangement when they leave our care.  Residential 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 tamariki in our care.


Our residential services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a variety of shifts available.  We provide programmes for children and young people aged from 10 to 18 years. 


We are seeking interest from people who have excellent interpersonal skills and are highly creative and motivated.  You will need high levels of resilience and flexibility, and a passion for working with youth. 


You must: 

  • Be a strong team player and positive role model.
  • Be flexible and able to work rostered shifts.
  • Able to 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 minimum requirement of a current work visa.


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.


Our ultimate goal is to provide children and young people who come into our care with the best possible opportunities to achieve positive change and turn their lives around.



How to apply:


Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


All external applicants including Ministry of Social Development employees, please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system.


Apply online with your CV and cover letter outlining why you would make a great Casual Residential Worker. Only applications made through our careers page will be accepted.


For further information, contact Suzie Willmott at


Applications close: Thursday 22 November 2018



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