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Residential Support Worker

Dunedin Bridge
  • This is a unique opportunity to work in the alcohol and drug sector in a residential rehabilitation facility. 
  • Work in a therapeutic community with experienced peers around you to support you in your journey as you develop your skills in this field 

Hours: This is a full time, permanent position with a minimum of 40 hours work per week on a roster over weekends and nights – 5 shifts weekly in total based on a roster. 

Salary Band The likely hourly rate for this role will fall between $23.00 to $29.00 

 About the role/job description 

  • This role involves supporting clients who are in our residential rehabilitation facility as they complete their treatment program. You will be responsible for the smooth running of the house. You will also be responsible for the daily administration of medications and transportation of the clients to and from the program and to other weekly meetings. There is a house manager who orients you and oversees the role. 

  • This role will allow you to grow your CV whilst studying or allow for a better work-life balance. If you’re interested in entering the industry full time as a counsellor there are study grants available and plenty of support from the wider team for you to study whilst you work as there are night, day and evening shifts available. Clinical supervision will be provided around your interactions with clients 

Person Specification  

  • The ideal applicant will be studying for a Level 4 or higher qualification in alcohol and drug counselling or mental health support work. 

  • They must be good communicators and have good personal boundaries 

  • They should have a current drivers licence 

About the Department/Operation/Programme 

The Dunedin Bridge is an 8 bed, residential facility with clinical staff providing the AOD program 9.00-3.00 daily at another venue. The residential facility is run by a separate team of residential support workers. The program is part of the Salvation Army mission in New Zealand and is presented across Aotearoa at various sites. You will be working with other residential support workers overseen by a residential house manager. The Bridge delivers the Community Reinforcement model as a basis of treatment and the model is embedded in the 12 Step NA/AA process.    

Contact information 

For more information about this role please contact Bryce Hay, The Director on 0220117299 or by email 


To apply please send your cover letter, CV (including referee details), Covid Record and completed Application form to: The Director, the Bridge, Dunedin, 160 Crawford Street  9016 

Application form can be downloaded from: 

Applicants for this position will need to have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.  All employment offers are subject to the completion of a satisfactory Ministry of Justice clearance/Police Check (where applicable). 

Applications close by 12 noon on the 7th April 2023 


About The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army. 

The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society 

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people. 

We are committed to cultural diversity, and in New Zealand, our Tiriti partnership. 

The Salvation Army is dedicated to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people, including children, and upholding their rights to protection from abuse and/or neglect.