Strong demand for community development workers
Demand for community development workers is good due to:
- the difficulty of getting staff with the right skill mix
- high staff turnover
- various government agencies applying community-led development approaches
- the importance of building strong local communities that can better respond to emergencies.
According to the Census, 14,580 community development workers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Increase your chances of finding work
You can increase your chances of getting a community development worker role by:
- doing voluntary work in your local community
- connecting with a non-government organisation (NGO) that provides mentoring, workshops and opportunities to meet local community groups.
Types of employers varied
Community development workers are employed by a wide variety of employers including:
- social service providers such as Plunket
- local organisations such as charitable trusts
- faith-based organisations such as churches
- city and district councils.
Most community development work is funded by grants of one to five years, and community development workers may have a fixed-term contract for the same term.