What we do . Work for us

Work for us

Our team includes social workers, whānau workers,  community development specialists, and a range of support staff. Find out more about what it’s like to work for us.

Registered Health Professional, Te Waka Haumaru – Older Persons Team

(Social worker or related equivalent, open to mature graduates, full-time and part-time, vacancies in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti)

Are you passionate about making a real difference in the lives of elders?

We are looking for experienced registered health professionals such as social workers,  nurses or OTs to join Te Waka Haumaru, our Older Persons Team, to support older people to live in their community with safety and independence, free from abuse, and with meaningful lives.

You will join a dedicated and professional staff in an organisation with a reputation for being a leading-edge provider of social services.  We have positions available in our Hutt, Kāpiti, Porirua and Wellington sites.

The positions can be full-time or part-time and we’re happy to consider mature graduates.

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

Youth Worker, Waitangirua, fulltime

We’re looking for a skilled experienced youth worker to join our Waitangirua team as soon as possible. This position is ideal for a highly self-motivated ‘ideas’ person who wants to work at the leading edge of community based, youth-led youth work.

Key skills and competencies are:

  • energetic high achiever with exceptional engagement skills
  • relevant youth work or equivalent qualification or proven related experience
  • mature and grounded approach
  • high confidence working with both young females with complex histories
  • proven programme development and delivery skills
  • proven experience of working within Māori and other cultural frameworks
  • local Porirua community knowledge.

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

House parents, live-in, fulltime

We are seeking a special couple to become house parents to provide supportive care for up to three young people in our Wellington-based group home, Te Whare Whakapakiri.

The young people being cared for have experiences of trauma that has made life very difficult for them and it can make it hard for those who care for them too.

Our house parents provide day-to-day nurturing and structure in the home that makes it safe and supportive for them.

Your partner can work elsewhere while you will receive a salary for your full-time house-parent role. You’ll have 24-hour on-call crisis support and regular respite weekends where you can step away and stay elsewhere. Accommodation and utilities are part of the package, as is regular training and supervision.

You should have no dependent children living with you as our young people need your full attention.  You will need a current full and clear driver’s license, exceptional good health, and solid experience of parenting, working with or caring for youth.

Find out more about the role

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz.

Experienced Social Worker (or mature graduate) for our specialist foster care programme (Porirua)

We’re looking for an experienced practitioner or mature graduate to provide casework support in our foster care team. This role will hold a small caseload alongside two other social workers in Te Waka Kotahi, our specialist foster care programme. It is an opportunity to work at the leading edge of foster care for adolescents in an organisation that supports nurtures and values you too.

Key attributes are:

  • Qualified and Registered Social worker
  • Outstanding relationship, time management, administrative skills
  • Full driver’s license

Ideally you will have:

  • Experience of working alongside children and whānau
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Experience of child and adolescent development

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

Youth Mentors – Porirua

Do you have the energy to spend one-on-one time with an individual young person and provide a positive influence?  We’re looking for committed, passionate, energetic, and grounded people to support the young people in our specialist foster care programme, Te Waka Kotahi, during and after school, and on weekends. The number of hours varies.

Our young people have had many challenges in life (not of their doing) and they struggle to find their place in the world. Our youth mentors work with their foster parents to support these young people as they find their way. You’ll need to be able to set boundaries and stick to them, and  provide outstanding role modelling to young people.  It’s important to be highly self-motivated.

As a Youth Mentor you will need:

  • A full driver’s license.
  • Your own car/car insurance.
  • To pass police and Oranga Tamariki checks
  • Knowledge of supporting youth who have challenges.

Download an application pack or contact Isobel Macdonald for more information: 04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz.

Foster Parents needed (Full and part-time)
Wellington wide  (singles/couples)

We need foster parents who are open to caring for an individual rangatahi between the age of 9 and 16 years in their own home either full time or part time on the weekends for up to a year, sometimes longer.

This is rewarding and very demanding work.  Our incredible team of foster parents and social workers support rangatahi who do best in one-on-one intensive foster care. Our rangatahi have had extensive histories of being in care and bring with them experiences of trauma that means life has been very difficult for them,. This can make it hard for those who care for them.  Our team is passionate about the care and protection of rangatahi and passionate about the support of our foster parents who welcome those children and youth into their home.  You must genuinely have a heart for this work, as it will be your heart for it that keeps you sustained.

You will receive:

  • Salary, training and professional supervision
  • 24-hour support
  • Regular time off

You will currently be residing in the Wellington region and have stable accommodation and a spare room. You will also:

  • Be free of dependent children living with you.
  • Have a full NZ driver’s license, own car and be a confident driver
  • Have a comfortable, clean, and safe home environment
  • Have a high standard of personal health and wellbeing.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be open minded and non judgemental to the differences you might experience.
  • Always be open to learning new ways of supporting rangatahi

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:
04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

Application pack (PDF) 

Find out more about Te Waka Kotahi, our one-to-one foster care programme 

Keen to join us? Find out more about what we have to offer.

Wesley Community Action

75 Taranaki Street
PO Box 9932
Wellington 6141
P: 04 385 3727 Extension 9
E: info@wesleyca.org.nz