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Youth Worker

  • Permanent part-time position, 48 hours per fortnight
  • Awake night shifts, based in Tauranga
  • Support young people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing

Join our youth focused team to help support young people and provide health and wellbeing services in a homelike environment.


We have an opportunity for someone who is passionate about and committed to working with youth. We are looking for a youth worker to join our Real respite service based in Tauranga. This service provides support for young people in a homelike environment and operates 24/7.

The Role

This is a part-time role, 48 hours per fortnight, working awake-night shifts on a rotating roster;

Week 1: Wednesday- Saturday, 11.00pm- 7.30am (32 hours)

Week 2: Wednesday and Thursday, 11.00pm- 7.30am (16 hours)

As a youth worker, you'll apply your skills, creative ideas and expertise to work collaboratively with team members and partner agencies to get the best outcome for our youth and their families/whānau.

You will support young people in a residential setting to develop life skills and resilience and provide support with practical problem solving.

As a youth worker working the awake night shift, you will be providing support for the young people in the service throughout the evening as well as being there to provide any support needed during the night. While the people you support are asleep, you will be kept busy with other tasks like cleaning and supporting the day shifts with maintaining things like filing, first aid kits, emergency kits and preparation of paperwork.

You will have:

Applicants must hold the level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent or be currently studying towards this qualification or a recognised equivalent.

  • An understanding of trauma-informed care and experience in support work, preferably with young people.
  • A current full New Zealand driver’s licence.
  • A current New Zealand first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and be able to provide medication support.

You will be:

  • A great listener the sort of person who will listen to the people who use our services.
  • A fresh thinker, using curiosity and imagination to generate new ideas.
  • Inspiring others with enthusiasm and a take action approach.
  • Passionate about supporting young people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing.


Our spirit is 'loving life' – and that's what we do, and help our young people to do.

We believe that by supporting young people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing, in a way that recognises their uniqueness, they be less impacted by adult mental health and addictions later in life.

We believe in the importance of community, connections, relationships and the ability of young people to shape their own futures.

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The Team and Service

Our team is made up of motivated people who live and breathe our purpose, make ordinary things extraordinary and spend their days going above and beyond to help young people to realize their potential.

You’ll be reporting to the team coach and this is a youth respite retreat available on an as-needed basis.

The Benefits

Real is a supportive work environment where work life balance is encouraged, people are valued, and new solutions are the norm!

Ready to take a closer look at Real? Then apply now.

Closing date: Thursday 6 May 2021. Please note, this advert may close sooner is a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date

Position Description:

Contact: Danica Thompson, Team Coach, 027 578 7063

Real is supported by Pathways Health Limited, part of the Wise Group. Pathways are committed to healthy lifestyles and actively support a smoke-free environment.

**All new appointees into Pathways require background checking. Under the requirements of the Children's Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process.