Work with us

RainbowYOUTH fosters safe, inclusive, whānau environments for queer, intersex and gender diverse youth and their wider communities. We create the same environments for our staff and volunteers. We are a close-knit team who enjoy working together and supporting each other, in a fun working environment. We are passionate about empowering and uplifting queer, intersex and gender diverse young people, as well as working to dismantle the barriers they face in our society. We are committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Part of creating our supportive and inclusive work environments is ensuring that all of our people are closely aligned to our values, our mission and our vision. If this sounds like you, read on!

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are a crucial and amazing part of RainbowYOUTH. Volunteering can be a great way to contribute to our work using some of your spare time, your skills and your passion. We pride ourselves on being a great place for people to volunteer, and we value the work of our volunteers highly. You can meet some of our current volunteers here. You can volunteer with RainbowYOUTH in lots of ways:

Apply to be a volunteer.

At the moment most of our volunteering opportunities are for people under 27, but we’re working on this! Please get in touch if you’d like to know more and to get involved!

Placement opportunities

We love providing social work and youth work students with placement opportunities to complete the practicum requirements of their courses. Both our staff and support team are pretty small, so our placement students have the opportunity to be involved in different pieces of work they’re passionate about, as well as make meaningful contributions to the work of our support team.

We’ve had placement students from lots of different backgrounds, communities and countries. We know how valuable it is for Aotearoa’s future social and youth workers to have experience and knowledge about working with queer, intersex and gender diverse young people. If you’d like to know more or talk to us about doing your placement with us, please get in touch.

Employment opportunities (1)

Our staff are a team of passionate people dedicated to making RainbowYOUTH’s vision a reality. Our staff enjoy a work environment that is fun and supportive, while promoting growth and development. We are a living wage employer, and offer salary packages that recognise the passion and skills our staff bring, balanced with the means of a community organisation. Some of the additional benefits we offer include flexible work hours and location, phone plans, domestic and international travel, professional development, and more. You can meet our staff team here.


Role Available: Te Kaihautū o te Haerenga Hōu

High Level Details: 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the RainbowYOUTH whānau as a part time staff member for 12 months. You will be working alongside the leadership of the organisation to guide RainbowYOUTH toward becoming a bicultural organisation. Following a scoping report in 2018 around RainbowYOUTH’s cultural responsiveness and relevance to takatāpui and Māori communities, leadership and takatāpui staff and Board members have created an action plan to implement the recommendations of this report. We are seeking a kaihautū to help us implement the medium and long term goals from the action plan. The kaihautū will be supported and assisted by the staff and Board. We are seeking the expertise and guidance of the kaihautū, but they will have the full organisation to tautoko them in this mahi. All of the project documentation will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to rework the action plan as they see necessary.

Above all else, we’re looking for someone who believes in this kaupapa and wants to come on this journey with us. Having a knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te Ao Māori and tikanga Māori would be really useful, as would any involvement within marae/hapū/iwi/urban Māori organisations. Experience doing similar work in community organisations would be beneficial, but is not necessary. 

The hours and location for this role can be flexible depending on the schedule of the kaihautū. 

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