Social Worker, Oranga Tamariki, Southland

logo Oranga Tamariki 2018Join our Invercargill team! We offer a fun and supportive environment and provide full training and induction. If you’re looking for a change but love what you do, this could be the opportunity for you!

  • Permanent
  • Located in the stunning South Island, New Zealand
  • On-going coaching, support, and professional development
  • Enhanced annual leave
  • Wellness benefits
  • Support in learning Te Reo
  • Competitive salary up to $102,000

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, currently have opportunities for Social Workers to join our Invercargill Site.

You will be part of a supportive team who work closely together and who are passionate about supporting Oranga Tamariki in delivering positive outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi.

You will be a part of something bigger, carrying out meaningful work and making a difference to the lives of our tamariki and their whanau.

Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can and should flourish.

Why Oranga Tamariki is a great place to work

We are proud to have a negative Gender Pay Gap average and have a workforce that is 74.9% female (2020).

Take a look at our new ways of working here:

Here’s why some of our staff love working for OT:

  • “I enjoy what Oranga Tamariki stand for, Tika and Pono is important to me”
  • “It’s about respect, being in our community both Maori and Pakeha”
  • “I like being able to have a discussion with peers and Supervisors and being open to talk about difficulties and how to improve practice”
  • “I thrive on having open conversations, trust in my colleagues, sharing ideas and knowing what my role is and the expectations of my role”
  • “I like the fact that we work together with community groups and we can bring ideas to the table”

Key attributes to be considered but not limited to, will include the following:

  • A recognised Social Work qualification by the Social Worker Registration Board
  • Registration (or able to apply) with New Zealand’s Social Worker Registration Board
  • Demonstrated resilience, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and demonstrating this in practice
  • Having a good understanding of section 7(AA) of The Oranga Tamariki Act
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • A valid and clean New Zealand driver’s licence

What we are offering:

  • A competitive salary in line with Oranga Tamariki’s remuneration range, between $56,100 – $102,000
  • Commitment to the highest standards of strengths-based social work practice
  • On-going professional development
  • Access to corporate health fund discounts and a banking package with Westpac

We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible working options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow. We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi.

For an informal chat around whether Oranga Tamariki and Invercargill is right for you. Please contact Jo Benson at

Oranga Tamariki is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role.

How to apply

Apply online with your CV and cover letter.

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Applications close on Thursday, 17 June 2021.