Odyssey House Trust Christchurch provides therapeutic support and education to clients with drug and alcohol addictions.


98-100 Greers Rd


Christchurch 8053

New Zealand

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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.


Odyssey House currently employs:

Alcohol and drug counselors,

nurses, Staff graduates, social workers,

administrator / finance managers,

kaumatua, woodwork tutors and

consumer advocates.


Please apply by sending your application

form, Police Vetting Form, CV and cover letter.

Contact Nigel Loughton
PO Box 34009
03 358 2690


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

Police Form

Application Form

CYF Consent to Release Information

Youth Worker 
Saturday Shift


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 a weekly Saturday shift (8.30am – 3.30pm). Other shifts may be available to support the 24 x 7 roster.

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


Women’s journey from addiction to wellbeing. 


Be part of an innovative new residential service.

Odyssey House and Pathway Trust are operating a women only residential alcohol and other drug treatment service. He Kete Oranga Mana Wahine is aimed at women involved in the criminal justice system. 
We are looking for a clinician to support clients within the programme, both as a facilitator or groups and a key worker for individual clients. As it is a residence, based on a therapeutic community model, staff support recreation, medication and family activities as well.

You will be working in a rural residential setting, 20 mins south of Christchurch city so reliable transport is a must. 

Hours are rostered in advance, 40 hours per week and will span Monday – Friday on two alternating shifts either starting at 7.30am  or mid afternoon until 10pm. There is also one Saturday per fortnight to support family visits.

You will need:
•    good organisational skills
•    be a strong communicator both one on one and in groups.
•    to be a team player working with clinicians and support workers
•    have experience in Alcohol or Other Drug treatment
•    registered and qualified in an allied health profession (or working towards)

The current contract funding is only in place until June 2020 so this is currently a fixed term position until then, but we are confident that the results from the service have been successful and further funding will be secured prior to then.

Applications will be processed as they are received.

Odyssey House and Pathway Trust 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, and the opportunity to be part of larger organisations within the Christchurch NGO and Social Enterprise Sectors.  

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


Kaiwhakamahere E mahi /Cultural Practitioner 
Drug Treatment Program (DTP) Christchurch Men’s Corrections Facility 


Do you want to be part of a Team dedicated to supporting Kaimahi and tangata whai ora into recovery and increasing mana?

Odyssey House Christchurch has been providing drug and alcohol treatment programmes for over 30 years across many settings. The Drug Treatment Programme at Christchurch Men’s Prison, seeks to address alcohol and drug harm by supporting tāngata whai ora (people seeking wellness) to reveal their intrinsic mana. The programme offers clinical approaches underpinned by Māori and Pasifika concepts of health and wellbeing from a Therapeutic Community model.

We are looking for a Kaiwhakamahere E mahi /Cultural Practitioner to join our team at the Drug Treatment Programme at Christchurch Men’s Prison, and will  build upon the excellent work already being done in the programme. Your role will include supporting cultural program aspects, assessments and delivery of individual and group interventions for tāngata whai ora.

The Kaiwhakamahere E mahi /Cultural Practitioner within this service will guide and support cultural input into clinical decisions and will be a coach/mentor to other team members. 


You will have:

•    A high level of understanding of tikanga Māori and its importance within this setting
•    A relevant degree-level health qualification in alcohol and other drugs (AOD), social work or mental health or be willing to work towards this
•    Skills in group delivery and individual interventions
•    Skills in delivering AOD services from a Māori and Pasifika framework
•    Excellent clinical judgement and strong clinical boundaries
•    Report writing skills and computer proficiency
•    An understanding of working in a Corrections environment.


We can offer you:
•    A competitive salary and benefits
•    Relocation assistance
•    Learning and professional development opportunities
•    Varied work that supports the community
•    A dynamic and supportive team environment, working with people who are passionate about what they do
•    A healthy workplace, which is smoke free.


If you are passionate about working within a cultural framework and delivering AOD treatment which will seek to strengthen whole of self and whānau wellbeing, we invite your application.


Please note that to work in the Corrections environment applicants will be required to pass the Ministry of Justice clearance checks, as well as Police and Ministry of Social Development checks. Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation.


All applicants should include a CV, cover letter and complete the online application forms.  For all enquiries please contact Lenny Amia Kaihautu on 021 402 152 or email lenny.a@odysseychch.org.nz or Marion Tizzard on 021 205 3744

Closing date: Monday 2nd March


Community Integration Worker – 20 hours.
Men’s Residential
Odyssey House Trust Christchurch


Skills development, Employment specialist, Housing connector

Can you find solutions in challenging situations?

Do you want to make a difference?

Working with a passionate team, this role is all about supporting Odyssey’s male residents by establishing connections in the wider community to better support integration.

The service primarily works with male criminal justice clients in a longer term residential alcohol and other drug programme. 

To be successful in the role, you’ll need
•    Experience of the housing and employment sector, with an understanding of the IPS model an advantage.
•    An adaptable approach to working with a diverse client group
•    Practical and creative problem solving skills
•    Ability to facilitate groups and work one on one with clients
•    A professional approach to working with community connections.

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