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Employment

Pathfinders recruits and selects appropriately skilled and experienced staff through fair and consistent processes as embodied in NSW Government Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies. While relevant experience, skills and qualifications are highly desirable, Pathfinders encourages all people who are interested in working in one of our Pathfinders programs to apply.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Pathfinders is committed to being a safe environment for children and young people and is a mandatory reporting Organisation.  Pathfinders is a non-smoking workplace and is committed to the principles and practices of Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity.


Out of Home Care (OoHC) Direct Care Workers – Inverell/Muswellbrook/Taree/Tamworth) 

The Pathways residential OoHC Program aims to provide a homelike environment for residents, build positive coping strategies and maintain and develop links between the residents and their birth families and community. The program aims to meet high standards for health, education, vocation and social competencies amongst all residents.

The role of a Direct Care Worker is to deliver Out of Home Care (OOHC) services in a residential setting to Children and Young People in care and will develop and provide a safe, nurturing and home-like environment for Children and Young People in residence utilising the programs Circle of Courage and Sanctuary model philosophy.

Applicants must be committed to working all shifts and to being on call.

PPT Casual Direct Care Worker 2020


Non Placement Support Services (NPSS) – Casual Support Workers (Armidale/Inverell)

The Non Placement Support Service (NPSS) program is a fee-for-service brokerage partnership with Community services and other Non Government Organisations (NGO’s).  Community services contract Pathfinders to provide a range of services to provide children and young people in Out of Home Care (OOHC) and their families through Individual Client Arrangements.

The program provides supervised contact, supervision in temporary accommodation and mentoring for children and young people aged 0-17 years old.  Support is also provided to carers through transport to appointments, preschool, respite placements and changes of placements.  All staff has a strong commitment to privacy and is expected to maintain strict confidentiality standards.  Report writing is also mandatory for staff.

Job Package_NPSS_Worker_Nov 2018


Specialist Homelessness Service – Casual Support Workers (Armidale)

In these positions, Support Workers will be assisting people to break the cycle of homelessness in the Armidale areas as well as focus on those at risk of homelessness that can be supported to remain in long-term safe accommodation.

Applicants must be committed to working all shifts and to being on call.

SHS Support worker job description Armidale Feb 2020


Foster Care (Inverell, Armidale, Tamworth, Glen Innes and surrounding areas)

There’s always a need for more foster carers in our region to help the more than 40,000 youth in Out-of-Home Care. If you’re interested in respite, short-term or long-term foster caring, or simply want to learn more about how you can help, contact Jasmine Bourke on 0459 099 545 or jasmineb@pathfinders.ngo.

Check out our Pathways Foster Care page here


All applicants must follow these steps to be considered for any position with Pathfinders:

1. Prepare a typed application which includes –

  • A statement against each of the essential and desirable selection criteria for the position, giving examples to demonstrate how you meet them.
  • A current resume detailing your relevant skills and experience.
  • A photocopy of your relevant academic qualifications.
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees (at least one referee should be a recent supervisor, if possible)

2. Please submit your applications by either –

* All applications must be received by close of business on the relevant closing date as stated above (next to each position).

3. Complete a working with children check and a criminal/police check –

It is a legal requirement that all staff provide Pathfinders with a working with children check and a criminal/police check prior to commencing employment.