Residential Youth Worker – Casual

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
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  • Job Type: Casual
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  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 28-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1509450
  • Job Title: Residential Youth Worker – Casual
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Are you passionate about working with youth and contributing to a safe community?

Our Youth Justice Residence ‘Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo’ in Christchurch provides a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi (young people) who have offended can make changes and get their lives back on track. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate young offenders.

Residential Youth Workers understand that the causes of offending are complex, and that successfully dealing with young offenders, demands action beyond simple punitive measures.

About the role

Residential Youth Workers provide rangatahi with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their whānau and communities.

Guiding a behavioural change is a massive task and means our residential youth workers have many responsibilities, including:

  • Ensuring that a safe and secure environment is maintained for the benefit of the rangatahi, staff and the community
  • Supporting young offenders in their personal growth and rehabilitation with a focus on health, education, training and employment
  • Working with rangatahi to help them build and strengthen relationships with their whānau and communities and encouraging them to act on referrals to services

About you

We are looking for enthusiastic people that want to be part of a team that is instrumental in turning young lives around. As a member of the youth justice residence team, you are working all day with rangatahi. You must have a passion for wanting to make a positive difference in their lives.

To excel in this role a tertiary qualification in sport, health, education or youth work would be useful but life skills such as carpentry, IT, culture and arts and sport skills are invaluable.

Our Residence runs a 24/7 operation with staff working various shift times. The shifts are; morning shift (6.30am to 3.00pm) and afternoon shift (1.30pm to 10.00pm) which also involves working weekends and public holidays when available on an on-call casual basis.

How to apply

All applications must be made online via the ‘apply’ button, a copy of your CV and cover letter is required, all applications are subject to police vetting.

Internal applicants please apply online via your myHR login on the careers page. For enquiries or assistance please contact

Applications close Thursday, 18 February 2021.

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