top of page

CAREERS

We require staff 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, and include permanent, part time, full time and casual staff.

If you are interested in working with our residents, please contact us with your CV and preferred working times

and days plus a completed application form.

Page Top
EMPLOYEES

Odyssey House is a large not for profit organisation with a diverse range of roles around Canterbury. We collaborate with other service providers in the sector.

Odyssey House currently employs:

Alcohol and drug counselors,

nurses, staff graduates, social workers,

administrator / finance managers,

kaumatua, woodwork tutors and

consumer advocates.

CURRENT VACANCIES
FOR MORE INFO

Please apply by sending your application

form, Police Vetting Form, CV and cover letter.

Contact Odyssey House
PO Box 34009
Christchurch
employment@odysseychch.org.nz

 

Careers at Odyssey House Christchruch
MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

For all applications you need to complete an application form and Police Vetting form.

Police Form

Application Form


CYF Consent to Release Information

Anchor 11

Support Worker - Adult Men’s Residential Service

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

For over 30 years, Odyssey House Christchurch has had a mission to improve the wellbeing of individuals, family and community affected by drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and related issues
The position supports 20 adult male residents in their alcohol and drug treatment and recovery with a particular focus on community.

In this role, you will:
•    Take part in community activities including meal preparation and recreation activities
•    Facilitate group work as scheduled
•    Work along side our residents in their day to day activities
•    Manage administration processes for medications, handovers and resident requests

To be successful in this role, you will
•    Be a qualified Support Worker or working towards a Level 4 qualification
•    Experience working with clients in the mental health or addiction sector
•    Have excellent organisation skills, being able to respond to proactive and reactive requirements of the residents 
•    Be competent with computers and databases
•    Show good interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with residents, family/whanau, colleagues, and other health providers. 
•    Have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Other hours may be available on a casual basis. For a copy of the job description, click here.
To apply email employment@odysseychch.org.nz 

Youth Worker

Weekend Shifts

Odyssey House Christchurch provides treatment and services for those experiencing issues with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and related issues.

 

Our Youth Residential Programme supports youth who are living with us for 3-4 months receiving schooling, treatment and recreation activities. You will work with another staff member to engage in recreation activities, family work and weekend education which is scheduled by the clinicians. There are meals to prepare and activities to attend, so you have to be prepared to pitch in and engage positively and to the programme schedule.

 

You will have:

  • Experience in youth work or relevant experience in alcohol & drug treatment, or studying towards a qualification

  • Good communication and organisational skills

  • Ability to work with youth at risk

  • Ability to deal with difficult situations with a calm and professional manner.

  • Ability to commit to weekend shifts. These could be Sat or Sun 8.30 – 3.30 or for the whole weekend (40 hours) on an overnight tramp or similar activity.

Other shifts may be available to support the 24 x 7 roster.

 

Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter. Please see our website for application forms - www.odysseychch.org.nz or enquiries to employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 6

Alcohol and Other Drug Clinician

· Flexibility around hours worked

· Be part of a committed dynamic team

For over 35 years, Odyssey House Trust Christchurch has been working with clients affected by drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and related issues. We focus on the wellbeing of individuals, family and community.

 

We are looking for an experienced Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioner to join our friendly team working predominantly in assessing clients in the criminal justice system. ADAS work in Canterbury prisons, at Community Probation sites, at the Justice Precinct and in the community.

 

You will complete alcohol and drug assessments, provide case management and facilitate group interventions to clients. You will need excellent organisational skills and the ability to be a team player.

 

This is role works Monday – Friday, with one evening for group facilitation during the week required. If you are interested in a job share, working between 20-30 hours per week (including an evening) then please apply with your preferred hours.

 

The preferred applicant will hold a health related registration, AOD qualifications and have experience in AOD and/or mental health work.

Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter to employment@odysseychch.org.nz. All enquiries to employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 12

Community Support Worker

•    Women’s journey from addiction to wellbeing. 
•    Be part of an innovative reintegration service.
•    16 hours per week – Sunday and Monday 


This is an opportunity to be part of an innovative service which provides reintegration for wahine who have completed drug and alcohol treatment, and need a stepped approach into work, home and the community.

We are looking for community support workers for the wahine living in Burnside. In this role you will driving wahine to appointments, tending to day to day activities with the wahine such as preparing food and participating in outdoor activities, co-ordinating group experiences, role modelling positive behaviours and responding to situations as they arise.

 

You will need:
•    good organisational skills
•    full clean driver’s licence
•    to be a team player working with clinicians and the team
•    ability to build community networks and relationships
•    to have an understanding of the challenges that our wahine face
•    Minimum of Level 4 qualification in a health and wellbeing or working towards

 

The rostered hours are between 7am – 3.30pm Sunday and Monday, with flexibility to attend staff meetings and training outside of these hours.  

We are proud to be driving this exciting programme, and welcome a team who are passionate about making a difference and striving for successful outcomes. 

 

We offer competitive rates of pay within the Support Worker Pay Equity framework, and the opportunity to be part of a larger organisation within the Christchurch NGO and Social Enterprise Sectors.  

Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter to employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 1

Wahine Residential Support

· Women’s journey from addiction to wellbeing.

· Be part of an innovative residential service.

· Part Time Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Odyssey House has been providing residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction for over 35 years in Canterbury. We operate a transitional housing service for wahine in recovery, and are looking for team members to provide support to the 12 wahine living here.

In this role you will be tending to day to day activities such as preparing food, driving wahine to appointments, doing admin behind the scenes to keep the whare moving efficiently, participating in recreation activities, co-ordinating group experiences, role modelling positive behaviours and responding to situations as they arise.

There is an evidence-based model that we operate to. This keeps everyone safe and our wahine on a journey to wellbeing, so you will need to work within a structure and understand boundaries.


You will need:

· good organisational skills

· to be a team player working with clinicians and other support workers

· Level 4 qualification in a health and wellbeing fields, or be willing to work towards this (Odyssey actively encourages and supports training)

 

You will form part of a Friday and Saturday roster, which alternates between morning and afternoon starting times.

Odyssey House, Purupuru Whetu and Pathway Trust are proud to be driving this programme, and welcome a team who are passionate about making a difference and striving for successful outcomes.

Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter to employment@odysseychch.org.nz.

Anchor 3

Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioner

Women’s journey to wellness
16 hours per week

Odyssey House, in partnership with Purapura Whetu and Pathway Trust, operate a women’s residential alcohol and other drug treatment service. He Kete Oranga o te Mana Wahine is a therapeutic community for wahine from the criminal justice system seeking support and treatment.

 

We are looking for a part-time AOD practitioner to support wahine within the programme, both as a facilitator of groups and key worker for individual clients. This will be a 16 hour per week position, with hours/days to be agreed.

 

Our model, based on a therapeutic community, means that as well as preparing treatment plans and taking Group educations, you will support recreation, education and whanau activities as a part of the community.

You will be working in a tranquil, rural residential setting 20 min south of Christchurch city and will be compensated for working in a rural location.


You will need:
•    to have an enthusiastic approach
•    good organisational skills
•    be a strong communicator both one on one and in groups.
•    to be a team player working within a multi-disciplinary team and with other agencies.
•    have experience working in mental health and/or addiction
•    registered in a relevant health profession such as social work/counselling/occupational therapy.

 

Applications will be processed as they are received. This is a programme for women, but we welcome applications from any gender to support the development of the service and residents. Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter to employment@odysseychch.org.nz.

 

Odyssey House is proud to be driving this exciting programme, and welcome a team who are passionate about making a difference and striving for successful outcomes. 

Anchor 4

Health Coach

  • Passionate about the health of our community?

  • Want to work in primary care as part of a multidisciplinary team?

  • Shirley area, 20 hours across Wed, Thurs and Friday

Te Tumu Waiora - te reo for ‘to head towards wellness’ - is a new model of healthcare, which aims to provide all New Zealanders experiencing challenges with access to convenient, high quality, integrated and person-centered care and support. The model has been rolled out nationally.

Odyssey House is an established NGO working with people around mental health, addictions and wellbeing. We work within the Te Tumu Waiora collaboration, providing resources on mental health and wellbeing as part of a general practice team.

 

The health coach role aims to help patients and their whanau gain knowledge, skills and confidence to better manage their health and wellbeing. This includes supporting patients and whanau to set goals and work towards them, manage long term conditions and linking them with appropriate community supports and health providers. The role involves being an integral part of the general practice team, working directly with whāiora (in search of wellbeing) and their whānau to help improve their mental health and wellbeing.

 

This role is based part-time in the Shirley area of Christchurch

Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing mentoring.

 

We are looking for someone who has:

  • · Experience in health and preferably mental health, particularly supporting and motivating people to improve their own physical health and wellbeing

  • · A minimum of a relevant level 4 qualification in health and wellbeing

  • · The ability to connect with a wide range of individuals and whānau from various backgrounds and cultures

  • · Excellent communication skills and a flexible, positive, and adaptable attitude

  • · The ability to adhere to evidence-based models and practices

  • · Capable of managing their own workload and working both autonomously and collaboratively within a busy general practice environment

  • · Willingness to work with groups and one on one

 

Closing date for application is 16 February 2024

For more information visit: https://www.tetumuwaioracanterbury.co.nz/

Applications to employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 8

Tupuranga: Youth Worker/Kaitiaki 0.4 FTE (16 hrs /week )

North Canterbury Focus

Take a central role in improving the educational engagement and achievement for youth.

Odyssey House has been working alongside young people for many years, and this role will work across two services focused on young people.

Education really matters. Tamariki and rangatahi’ attendance, participation, engagement, and achievement at kura are essential to achieving strong life outcomes. Purapura Whetu Trust, Odyssey House Trust Christchurch and Stepping Stone Trust have collaborated to codesign and deliver the Tupuranga Attendance and Engagement Service.

Our collaborations require an experienced and passionate Youth Worker/Kaitiaki to support ākonga and whānau to remove the barriers and provide successful options for attendance, engagement, and achievement at school.

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Referrals for non-enrolled ākonga/students with unjustified non-attendance and will have the opportunity to codesign with whānau creative and innovative strategies to support the educational achievement of ākonga.

  • Providing one-to-one mentoring with ākonga and their whānau

  • Building relationships and collaborating with stakeholders, both internal and external, and the community around Waitaha

  • Preparing accurate and up-to-date case notes for reporting on progress and outcomes

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Significant experience as a youth worker

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships and rapport with ākonga, whānau, kura and other stakeholders

  • Work effectively in a team but able to work independently

  • Organisational skills for managing an individual caseload

  • Knowledge of community resources within Waitaha/Canterbury and an ability to work across a range of settings

  • High levels of cultural responsiveness and an ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga

  • A qualification in youth work, social work, teaching, or an equivalent

  • A full, clean New Zealand driver’s licence

If you are interested in the kaupapa and this interesting role and have a passion for rangatahi and whānau and want to work in an environment where you will be developed, then we would love to hear from you. Or you can email us at employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Or Amanda Murray, Youth Services Manager on 021 469 427 Please submit your CV and cover letter to employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 2

Youth Worker

Ngā Maihi

Supported Accommodation

Odyssey House Christchurch provides treatment and services for those experiencing issues with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and related issues.

Nga Maihi is a formal collaboration between 3 well established Christchurch based providers, Odyssey House, Stepping Stones and Puru Puru Whetu. All 3 providers are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of young people transitioning from state care into supported independent living arrangements.

 

Working together will be key, so your participation in team planning meetings with a problem-solving focus is expected.

You will have exceptional relationship building skills, and a demonstrated understanding of how resilience, and responsibility is nurtured into young people.

 

Crucially, our funder, Oranga Tamariki, has recognized that Māori are more likely to be in state care, and therefore our response at every level must show our capacity to connect, and affirm positive expressions of Māori identity.

 

This is not a 9am-5pm role, so although you will work 40 hour weeks, this will include a weekend and evening roster at times.

You will have:

  • Experience in youth work, preferably with a health and youth related qualification.

  • Good communication and organisational skills

  • Enthusiasm for working with youth at risk

  • Ability to lead recreation events

  • Experience with difficult situations and a calm and professional approach to these.

Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter on employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 5

Alcohol and Other Drug Clinician (Youth)

Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm

 

Odyssey House Christchurch provides treatment and services for those experiencing issues with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and related issues. Our Youth Residential and Day Programme supports youth aged 13-18 years of age, either living with us or coming in Monday – Friday.

 

In this dynamic role, you will

  • work one on one with clients

  • ensure treatment and family plans are executed and evolving

  • develop and facilitate groups

  • actively participate in the programme with the young people

  • transport young people so you are required to have a full Drivers Licence.

  • Part of the On Call roster in evenings and weekends.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you

  • Experience and passion for working with youth.

  • Qualifications and registration in an allied health field

  • Good communication and organisational skills

  • Ability to laugh and have fun with the young people

  • Deal with difficult situations with a calm and professional manner.

Please apply by sending an application form, CV and covering letter. Please see our website for application forms - www.odysseychch.org.nz or enquiries to employment@odysseychch.org.nz

Anchor 7

Peer Support, Prison Based

•    Do you want to make a real difference ?

•    Prison based role

•    Part time, 20 hours per week

 

Odyssey House Christchurch and Purapura Whetu are proud to be launching a new Rolleston prison-based programme in addition to those we already deliver at Christchurch Men’s and Christchurch Women’s prisons.   We work together providing holistic health and wellbeing programmes within a multi disciplinary team to support tangata whaiora affected by problematic alcohol and other drug (AOD) use challenges.

 

We are looking for a Peer Support Worker to join our services based in Christchurch prisons.

As a Peer Support, you will join a team of clinical and cultural staff, providing a multi disciplinary approach to working with our client group. Your lived experience with alcohol/drug concerns and treatment will bring a peer perspective both to the staff team and the clients.

 

In this role, you will be
•    Delivering education and therapeutic groups within the prison
•    Facilitating aftercare conversations and groups both inside and outside the wire.
•    Providing individual support to wahiora as appropriate
•    Supporting a multi disciplinary team of clinical and cultural staff

 

To be successful in this role, you will
•    Hold a Level 4 Health and Wellbeing Certificate (or working towards it)
•    Have good organisational skills 
•    Be a team player
•    A good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and knowledge of tikanga Māori /te reo
•    A non judgmental approach to working with tangata whaiora
•    Have lived experience of addiction treatment, and have been clean and sober for minimum of 2 years.

 

You will be part of a dedicated team working across prison sites, and a valued member of the wider Odyssey and Purapura Whetu whanau. We provide ongoing training opportunities, and relocation support is available.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter, or enquiries to employment@odysseychch.org.nz


Applications will be processed as they are received.

Anchor 9
bottom of page