Support Worker – Live Life Disability Support Services (N21-275)

  • Ensure great quality of life outcomes for the people DSS supports
  • Earn $20.50 to $25.50 an hour
  • Learn new skills and gain qualifications 

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Live Life Disability Support Services (DSS) provide support to people who have disabilities to achieve their personal aspirations and choices. DSS provides support to over 250 people in a variety of residential and respite settings across the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions. 

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 and challenges. Some people need support with their personal care and taking care of household tasks; some need support to participate and go out-and-about and join in social and leisure activities; and some need communication and behavioural support. 

We also work with family/whanau to provide time for them to have a break, 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 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, however, we are not a medical/clinical service.  We are a community based disability support service focused on quality of life Enabling Good Lives Principles.

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

This is a permanent part-time position working 30 hours a fortnight (0.375FTE).

Shift: Mon and Sun,  8.00AM to 4.00PM

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

You will have a can-do attitude and be able to work with children and adults, as part of a proactive team, in a residential home. You will follow individual plans and understand the importance of consistency in assisting people to achieve a great life. 

We’re looking for people from all walks of life who:

  • Have a sense of humour, energy and enthusiasm
  • Are patient and kind, friendly and helpful
  • Have good social skills and the ability to relate well to others
  • Have the ability to understand non-verbal behaviours
  • Have good written and spoken language skills in English and/or Te Reo.
  • Have basic maths and computing knowledge
  • Have confidence in assisting with personal cares
  • A current full NZ driver’s licence (confident driving both automatic and manual vehicles).
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2 to 4) or equivalent is preferred, or the willingness to complete this level of study in the workplace. 

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 and may include CYRAS Vetting via Oranga Tamariki for some roles.

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

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

For role specific enquiries please contact Sue Lincoln, Group Leader on 

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


Applications close: Sunday 16th May

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/Part Time

Job no: N21-275

Location: Nelson Community

Closing Date: Sunday, 16 May 2021