Support Workers – Disability Support Services, Blenheim

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 Marlborough and Nelson/Tasman 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 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. 

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 ēnei mahi (About these positions) 

We have the following permanent part-time positions available:

Position 1: 7.00AM to 3.30PM Saturday & Sunday every second weekend (16 hrs/fortnight) x 2 roles 

Position 2: 3.30PM to 10.00PM every Mon, Tues, Wed, Sun (64 hrs/fortnight). 

Position 3: 3.30PM to 10.00PM on a 3 on 3 off rotating roster (average of 46 hrs/fortnight). 

Position 4: 7.00AM-3.30PM every Thurs, Fri, Sat (48hrs/fortnight) 

Position 5: Working 40 flexi hours a fortnight covering staff leave and providing support as required across three houses and all shifts including: morning, afternoon, evening, weekend and overnight. It will be important that you are adaptable and able to work with a wide variety of people. 

Position 6: Casual employment with the flexibility to work across a range on shifts. It will be important that you are adaptable and able to work with a wide variety of people.

N.B. there are no fixed hours associated with casual employment. 

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

We are looking for people with a can-do attitude who can work with adults, as part of a proactive support team, in residential homes. You will follow individual plans and understand the importance of consistency in assisting people to achieve a great life. You will be supported to achieve qualifications in health and wellbeing to assist you in developing your skills as a support worker. 

Our ideal applicants will have:

  • A sense of humour
  • Empathy and kindness
  • 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
  • Confidence in assisting with personal cares
  • 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
  • A current full driver’s licence (preferably to drive both automatic and manual vehicles)
  • Good English language ability (written and spoken) and basic maths and computing skills
  • Energy and enthusiasm. 

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 positions are 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 Vulnerable 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 Jemma Low – Team Leader on

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


Applications close: Sunday 6th December 

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, Casual

Job no: W20-214

Location: Marlborough Community

Closing Date: Sunday, 6 December 2020