Support Worker - Disability Support Services

  • Provide support services to people with a disability with respect, courtesy and dignity
  • Full-time position working 4 shifts on 2 shifts off 7.00AM to 4.05PM
  • Sound knowledge of Tikanga Māori is required for this position

Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

At Disability Support Services (DSS) we provide support to people who have disabilities to live lives that reflect their personal aspirations and choices. DSS provides support to over 250 people in a variety of residential settings across the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions. 

In residential and work environments we support each person to manage their day to day lives in ways and at times that work for them. The people we support have a wide range of abilities. Some people need support with their personal care and taking care of household tasks; some need support to participate in their local communities and some need communication and behavioural support. We also work to provide family/whanau time to re-energise and spend time with other important people, while their child stays in one of our respite houses. We actively encourage people to pursue their dreams and try out new experiences, and can guarantee that no two days working at DSS are ever the same. 

We also work collaboratively and in partnership with Mental Health and Addictions, Youth Justice, Oranga Tamariki, and other community organisations to meet the needs of people we support.

N.B. Disability Support Services are part of Nelson Marlborough Health, we are not however a medical/clinical service.  We are a community based disability support service focused on quality of life outcomes and the Enabling Good Lives Principles. 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

Knowledge of Tikanga Māori is essential for this permanent full-time position working an average of 80 hours a fortnight (1.0FTE) over a 6 week roster cycle.

Roster: 7.00AM to 4.05PM. 4 shifts on 2 shifts off.

Your fortnightly hours will vary as follows: FN1:85.8hrs, FN2: 85.8hrs, FN2: 68.64hrs.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We are looking for people with a can-do attitude, who can work with children and adults as part of a proactive support team. You will follow individual plans and understand the importance of consistency in assisting people to achieve a great life. 

We’re looking for people who have: 

  • Knowledge of Tikanga Māori 
  • A sense of humour
  • Good social skills and the ability to relate well to others
  • The ability to work with people who present with challenging behaviours
  • Diversity to work with a range of people with differing levels of support needs
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality, be tactful and sensitive in dealing with people
  • Commitment to professional development
  • An ability to work actively as part of a team and individually to ensure service quality
  • Good English language ability (written and spoken)
  • Basic maths and computing skills
  • Confidence in assisting with personal cares
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • A current full driver’s licence (preferably to drive both automatic and manual vehicles).

Your hourly rate will be $20.50 to $25.50 dependent upon your qualifications as recognised under the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017.

This position is classified by Immigration as ANZSCO 423111 and applicants for this position must be NZ or Australian Citizens, or have NZ Permanent Residency, or a valid NZ work visa. 

Appointment and ongoing employment will be conditional upon criminal record/police checks - you must declare any convictions and/or pending charges on your application form. This will include checks under the Children Act 2014.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

For role related enquiries please contact Karen Bailey – Manager Residential and Supported Living on

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please complete our online application form. 


Applications close: Open until filled

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: N21-019

Location: Tasman Community

Closing Date: Open until filled