Social Workers and Family Whanau Worker

Heroes Wanted!

Family Works Southland is recruiting staff to support essential work in our community. We can make a real difference together.

For 100 years Family Works Southland has responded to the needs of the Southland community. Most recently, our community has faced the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our experienced frontline staff, including Social Workers, Family Whanau workers, Programme Facilitators, Coordinators, volunteers and Management have worked throughout lockdown to respond to families in need.

They truly are our heroes - and we need more.

Unlike many other sectors facing job losses, we are actively recruiting staff and can offer job security and great support.

Living in Invercargill and Southland is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Boasting a great location with New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown at arm’s reach, the beautiful Fiordland National Park, the picturesque Milford Sound and the paradise of the Catlins, you are spoilt for choice with lakes, rivers, fishing, hiking and adventure options as well. Invercargill offers a quieter pace of life – there is no sitting in traffic but with the bonus of big city life is only hours away with direct flights to all our major cities including Auckland. There’s something for the whole family and it’s all right here at our doorstep.

We need people with empathy, patience and a love of working with people. You will also need to have an appropriate qualification in social services, health, education or a related field. We may also consider applicants close to completing a relevant qualification.

Our heroes all have one thing in common, they want to make a real, positive difference in our community. 

We are currently looking for a Family Whanau worker and Social Workers for up to 40 hours per week on a permanent basis. Facilitation of programmes may be included dependent on the interest of the applicant. 

If you're re-evaluating your career options, looking for a change or simply have always wanted to give back to your community (and get paid for it!) we'd love to hear from you. 

Join the Family Works Southland team, leading social change with courage and care. 


Position Description

Click here for the Position Description for the Social Workers position

Click here for the Position Description for the Family Whanau workers position

Apply Now 

Click here to Apply Now for the Social Workers position

Click here to Apply Now for the Family Whanau workers position

This position closes on the 24th of July 2020.

All enquiries can be made to or by phoning 03 211 8200

Evidence of entitlement to work in New Zealand will be requested.

Family Works is a service of Presbyterian Support Southland.