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: Support Worker - Gender Diverse* 

High level details: 

This is a newly created role, providing peer support to gender diverse youth, whānau and adults across the Northland region. Supporting whānau will include whānau with children under 12, who are gender diverse or questioning their gender.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of gender diverse communities. You don’t need to have all the skills and experience, we will provide full training, including peer support training. The most important thing is that you’re willing to learn and grow with the role. You’ll be working alongside lots of different folks from other agencies as well as service users, so being a people person and enjoying building relationships with people would be useful. A big part of this role will be working alongside the DHB and local clinicians to clarify pathways for gender affirming care in the region, and making that information available to those you’re supporting.

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.

Lived experience as a transgender, gender diverse or gender non-confirming person is required for the role.

*We are using this term to include transgender, gender non conforming, non-binary, genderqueer, tāhine, Fa’afatama, whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, Fa’afafine, Fakaleiti or Leiti, Fakafifine, Akava’ine and Vakasalewalewa.

If you’d like to know more about this, or you’re not sure whether to apply, please get in touch with us at!

Apply below. 

Role Available: Bay of Plenty & Hauraki Regional Coordinator

High level details: 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the RainbowYOUTH whānau as a staff member, and work alongside queer, gender diverse and intersex young people in the Bay of Plenty and Hauraki region. We’re looking for someone who loves working with people, is good at building relationships, and wants to learn and grow with us! We will provide full training for this role, and our Support Manager will work closely with you as you are learning the ropes. There could also be an opportunity to complete your NZQA Level 3 or Level 4 Youth Work certificate through this role, if that’s of interest to you.

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.

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch!