About the social work roles

Who we are looking for to be social workers with Oranga Tamariki, the job description and expectations for the role.

What we're looking for

Our ideal candidates will be:

  • new social work graduates or experienced practitioners
  • dedicated to putting tamariki and rangatahi first
  • resilient, motivated and caring
  • culturally responsive and committed to bi-cultural practice
  • confident communicators with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • excited about joining us on our journey.

For more detail, take a look at the position description below.

Social worker position description [PDF, 294 KB]

What to expect in the role

A challenging and rewarding career

Come to work each day knowing that you can directly make a difference to the lives of tamariki and rangatahi in your community.

A supportive and encouraging environment

People are listened to, respected and trusted. You will be encouraged to ako and grow within our organisation and we’ll support you in achieving your aspirations.

Comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training

We give you the tools and support that you need to succeed in your job, including regular supervision.

A committed team with the same purpose

We put tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of everything we do.

Useful information

Hours of work

As part of the role as a Social Worker, you may be required to work on an on-call duty roster across the team at your site. This is not a 9am to 5pm job and you may be required to work longer hours if there is a critical case that you need to support.


As a qualified Social Worker, you can earn a salary ranging from $76,284 to $92,464, dependent on experience. Where you will fall within this range will depend on your specific skills and experience.

Te reo knowledge

Having some knowledge of te reo Māori and tikanga is not compulsory, but it is useful when working as a Social Worker.

Published: July 31, 2018 · Updated: July 18, 2023