Probation Officer – Wellington District

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    4 months ago
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  • Category: Probation, Community and Monitoring
  • Location: Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara)
  • Date Advertised: 02-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: APA/1510335
  • Job Title: Probation Officer – Wellington District
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As a Probation Officer for Ara Poutama Aotearoa, you will work with people in our care and their whānau to address criminogenic behaviours and reduce reoffending. Using principles of manaaki, kaitiaki, wairua, rangatira, and whanau, you will manage community-based sentences and orders, whilst also preparing reports for the Courts and New Zealand Parole Board.

You will contribute to public safety, viewing this through the lens of manaaki, positive relationships, and the uplifting of wellbeing of people in our care. By focusing on the wellbeing of the person who has come into our care and management, you will help reduce the chances of them returning to the justice system. You will treat those in our care and management with respect, upholding their mana and dignity.

We are looking for people who:

  • are able to relate to people from a range of cultures and backgrounds
  • have excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • can work in a team and motivate others
  • can remain positive and resilient in difficult situations
  • are able to think critically and assess information.

You will also need Full New Zealand Drivers License and a legal right to work in Aotearoa without restriction for a minimum of 24 months. If you have worked with large caseloads before then this is a distinct advantage.

If you are a current Probation Officer, please see the transfer policy on Tatou to submit an expression of interest for this position.


Being a Probation Officer is an incredibly exciting opportunity to make a real difference in your community. You’ll have the chance to connect with people, build strong relationships, and do something which really makes a difference and improves public safety.


Mō mātou | About us

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. 


Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, submit your tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for wanting to join Ara Poutama and highlighting your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.  

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