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Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)
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About the role | Mō te tūnga

We have an exciting opportunity for Psychologists to join our team based in Palmerston North.

You will work as part of a team that spreads across two men's prisons and eight Community Corrections site (working with both men and women) throughout the districts.

This is a flexible, and family friendly team where you will have the opportunity to work alongside a talented team of Clinical Psychologists who are extremely passionate about their work, you will be working with high and complex needs clients for assessment and to provide therapy.

This professional role calls for someone who:

  • Is reliable with strong communication skills
  • Has a minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology and registration with the NZ Psychologist Board
  • Is an excellent problem solver who can work across cultures 

In return we can offer you:

  • A connection within a vibrant supportive team culture
  • A competitive salary and structured advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to professional development and clinical supervision
  • World class criminal justice psychology training and mentoring
  • We are open to receiving interest from any part of the world as long as your qualifications are registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board.

Why Corrections?

As a psychologist with the Department of Corrections you will have the opportunity to explore the country while also providing clinical risk assessments and treatment for people who have offended working in both prison and community settings. You may also have the opportunity to be involved in research work in the context of the scientist/practitioner model. Read more here

At Corrections our goal is to reduce re-offending. With the position of psychologist playing a key role in this, you can be a part of this.

See more about the role of Psychologist with the Department of Corrections - 

About us | Mō mātou

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel - one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

It is an exciting time and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at


** Notice about COVID-19 **


We are part of the group of essential organisations that provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. During times of increased COVID-19 alert, our recruitment and onboarding processes will continue however will be changed to include increased health measures. We will work with candidates throughout the process to ensure safety and help stop the spread.


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