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Psychologist/Senior Psychologist

Department of Corrections
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Southland - Invercargill
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Based in Invercargill - Full time position


  • Are you a Registered Psychologist with post graduate qualifications in clinical or forensic psychology?
  • Or, are you an Intern Psychologist near completing your clinical training?




  • Do you want to be part of a professional collegial team that makes a real difference to both local communities and NZ society in general?
  • Does the opportunity to be involved in a broad variety of professional activities excite you?
  • Would you like to work for an innovative and well resourced organisation committed to the provision of high quality psychological services within the criminal justice environment?




Then this could be the opportunity you are looking for!

Registered psychologists working for the Invercargill Psychologists' Office undertake clinical assessments and treatment in both prison and community environments across parts of Otago, Southland, Central Otago, and South Canterbury.  In order to service this wide geographic area, we have staff that are permanently based in both Dunedin and Invercargill.  While regular day travel to outlying areas may be required, this is an Invercargill based position. 

Working as a registered psychologist for the Dunedin Psychologists' Office provides a fantastic opportunity for you to use your clinical expertise to make our communities safer and to provide professional expertise and leadership in a diverse social service environment.     Working within a scientist-practitioner framework, your key role revolves around the provision of clinical services targeted to assist the people in our care to develop skills to reduce re-offending and live productive, pro-social lives.  In additional to direct clinical services, psychologists also provide supervision, advice, consultation and training within Corrections and allied agencies, write higher level reports for the Courts and Parole Board, and participate in service and research initiatives.

The Dunedin/Invercargill Psychologists' Office is a professional team that looks to attract psychologists who:


  • Are reliable and who have a robust work ethic;
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Are excellent problem solvers with the ability to work across cultures;
  • Hold a minimum of a Masters Degree in Psychology (Clinical or Forensic) and are eligible to be registered in New Zealand as a Psychologist;
  • Hold a full NZ drivers licence;
  • Are able to drive (and undertake overnight travel if required) in order to provide clinical services to outlying regions (e.g. Timaru, Oamaru, Gore, Alexandra and Queenstown);
  • Are able to be flexible with hours when required.


In return we can offer you:


  • A vibrant supportive team culture;
  • World class criminal justice psychology training, mentoring and supervision.
  • Fantastic developmental opportunities and work variety; and
  • A highly competitive salary scale ($74,604 – $117,300) combined with structured advancement opportunities.

Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experience.     Together, our purpose is to assist the people in our care to make positive changes in their lives, and, as a result, make our communities safer.  To further discuss the current position contact Rob Devereux, Manager Psychological Services (Otago / Southland), on (03) 474 8204.

Applications close 11:30pm Sunday 12th of January and can only be accepted online.  While the position is available for an immediate start, there is the potential for considerable flexibility with regards to negotiating a suitable start date for the right candidate.

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