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Youth Worker

  • Permanent, full time role
  • Support young people across the Wairarapa
  • Support young people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing


We have an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about and committed to working with youth and are looking for a youth worker to join our Real service in Masterton.

You will be working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm based in Masterton, and working across the whole of the Wairarapa.

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

You will support young people to develop life skills and resilience and provide support with practical problem solving and daily life skills. You will be supporting community connection and liaising with relevant support services, family/whānau and other providers to provide “whatever it takes and keeping it REAL” for the young people we support in order to grow and identify their purpose and belonging in our community so they have the opportunity to thrive.


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.

We have Real services across New Zealand from Auckland to the Wairarapa and are the youth brand of Pathways.

Find out more about Real at

The Team

You’ll be reporting to the Team Coach, and will be the only Youth Worker (non clinical) working within a clinical team. The role is predominantly focused on AOD/co-existing AOD/mental health problems. Support is provided in schools, in the community, and from our office base.


It is essential that you will have previous experience working with youth, and you may even have experience working within AOD. You’’ definitely have an understanding of trauma-informed care.

This role will involve supporting young people with primary mental health issues and complex social needs. We would expect the successful applicant to have knowledge of and relationships with local NGO and Iwi providers and advanced skills in working collaboratively with other providers to address complex needs.

You will have:

  • A current full New Zealand driver’s license
  • A current first aid certificate, or be willing to get one
  • Hold the 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.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and be able to provide medication support

You will be:

  • A great listener, the sort of person who will listen deeply 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

The Benefits

Here at Real we value our employee’s and we like to show how much we value you by offering outstanding benefits. Some of the benefits include providing extra annual leave, income protection insurance, flexible working arrangements, and subsidies for school holiday children’s programmes. 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 the Real? Then apply now

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 27 June 2021. PLEASE NOTE, this advert may close early if a suitable candidate is found.

Position description: YW.pdf

Contact: Jenna Jeffcoat, Service and Relationship Manager, 0275570137

Real is supported by Pathways Health Limited, part of the Wise Group. Pathways is committed to healthy lifestyles and actively supports a smoke-free environment. Find out more about Real at

**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