Support Workers – Disability Support Services Nelson

  • Company:
    Nelson Marlborough District Health Board
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    7 hours ago
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Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

Information & Assessment Evening Wednesday 23rd September (5.30PM to 6.30 PM) followed by the opportunity for an interview.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

At Disability Support Services (DSS) we provide support to people who have disabilities to live lives that reflect their personal aspirations and choices. DSS provides support to over 250 people in a variety of residential settings across the Marlborough and Nelson/Tasman regions. 

In residential and work environments we support each person to manage their day to day lives in ways and at times that work for them. The people we support have a wide range of abilities. Some people need support with their personal care and taking care of household tasks; some need support to participate in their local communities, and some need communication and behavioural support. We actively encourage people to pursue their dreams and try out new experiences, and can guarantee that no two days working at DSS are ever the same. 

We also work collaboratively and in partnership with Mental Health and Addictions, Youth Justice, Oranga Tamariki, and other community organisations to meet the needs of people we support. 

N.B. Disability Support Services are part of Nelson Marlborough Health, we are not however a medical/clinical service. We are a community based disability support service focused on quality of life outcomes and the Enabling Good Lives Principles. 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki ēnei mahi (About these positions)  

We are recruiting people to join our growing team as we develop new services across the region. 

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a person, we would invite you to come along to the information evening on  Wednesday 23rd of September (from 5.30PM to 6.30PM),  to learn more about the service and how to become part of our team!

We welcome applicants with experience in support work, but are also interested in people from a variety of backgrounds with life experience who may be looking for a career change. 

Directly following the information session at 6.30PM there will be the opportunity for an interview, should you wish to take your application further.

  Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We are looking for people with a can-do attitude who can work with people, as part of a proactive support team, in a residential environment. You will follow individual plans and understand the importance of consistency and maintaining boundaries with the aim to ensure quality of life outcomes for the people we support. 

Our ideal applicants will have:

  • A sense of humour
  • Good social skills and the ability to relate well to others
  • Ability to be resilient in the face of challenges 
  • Be a good problem solver and be solution focused
  • The ability to work with people who present with challenging behaviours
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality, be tactful and sensitive in dealing with people
  • Ability to manage emotions and cope with work stress 
  • Commitment to professional development
  • An ability to work actively as part of a team and individually to ensure service quality
  • Ability to maintain firm professional boundaries 
  • A current full driver’s licence (preferably to drive both automatic and manual vehicles)
  • Good English language ability (written and spoken)
  • Basic maths and computing skills
  • Energy and enthusiasm. 
  • Your hourly rate will be $20.50 to $25.50 dependent upon your qualifications as recognised under the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017. 

    This positions are classified by Immigration as ANZSCO 423111 and applicants for this position must be NZ or Australian Citizens, or have NZ Permanent Residency, or a valid NZ work visa. 

    Appointment and ongoing employment will be conditional upon criminal record/police checks – you must declare any convictions and/or pending charges on your application form. This will include checks under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

    Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

    For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

    For role related enquiries please contact Jemma Low – Team Leader on 

    Keen to register your interest now, it’s easy. Please complete our online application form. 


    Applications for Expression of Interest close: Monday 21st September

    Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

    We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves.
    We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

    He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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