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 (2)

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: Event Coordinator

To celebrate our 30th birthday in 2019, RainbowYOUTH is planning a gala dinner and charity auction. The event will be a black tie, three course sit down dinner, with entertainment throughout the evening. It will be held on Thursday 6th June. It will be an awesome night to remember, celebrating RainbowYOUTH’s first thirty years, and milestones for both us and the rainbow community in that time.

We require a coordinator to come on board to manage all the logistics of the event. You will work with RainbowYOUTH staff (Executive Director and 2iC) to ensure the event is run according to RainbowYOUTH’s needs, policies and procedures, and within the budget.

Check out the full job description here.

Apply below!


Role Available: Homelessness Advisor

This is an exciting opportunity to join the RainbowYOUTH whānau as a part time staff member, and work alongside queer, gender diverse and intersex young people in the Tāmaki Makaurau region. We’re looking for someone who loves working with young people, is good at building relationships, and is passionate about reducing queer and gender diverse rangatahi homelessness! You will be working towards this outcome by building relationships between RainbowYOUTH and queer and gender diverse homeless or at-risk of being homeless rangatahi, and working with mainstream organisations who support homeless rangatahi to ensure that they are rainbow competent.

*This role can be job-shared between two people - so if 30 hours per week doesn’t fit with your other commitments, please still apply!

One of RainbowYOUTH’s core values is to proactively and respectfully honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will welcome new staff members on this journey with us, and encourage you to discuss your commitment to this value in your application.

Check out the full job description here.

Apply using the form below. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch!

Applications close on Friday 22nd Feb