Pay for youth workers varies depending on experience, responsibilities and location.
Many youth workers work part time. Some do part or all of their job as volunteers, or receive payment for expenses only.
Source : Ara Taohi, 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Youth workers may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Youth workers need to have knowledge of :
Youth workers specialising in working with Māori communities also need to have knowledge of te reo Māori and tikanga (language and culture).
Youth workers :
There are no specific requirements to become a youth worker. However, most employers prefer you to have a relevant qualification such as a New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3 or 4), a New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6), or a similar qualification in a Māori context.
You will need to pass a police check, and hold a full driver's licence if travel is involved.
Senior level youth worker qualifications
To work as a senior youth worker you need either a New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6) or a Bachelor of Youth Development.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.
There are no specific secondary education requirements for this job, but NCEA Level 2 health education, social studies and te reo Māori are useful.
Youth workers need to be :
Useful experience for youth workers includes :
Ara Taiohi, the national body for youth workers and youth work organisations, recommends working towards membership of Korowai Tupu, the professional association for youth workers.