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SCL & Respite Direct Care Provider

Opportunities available working one on one with children and adults who have physical and/or mental disabilities. We're looking for fun, caring, responsible people who want a rewarding experience.

We serve all ages and abilities, and will match you with someone whose needs fit your skills.

You will be providing respite care and Supported Community Living (teaching independent living skills) in Des Moines and surrounding communities. Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else!

Pay ranges from $9.00-$13.00/hour. Only part-time hours available at this time.


  • Provide care necessary to meet the needs of a consumer, which can include assisting with personal cares such as bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, etc.
  • Teach the skills identified to meet each consumer’s individualized goals, which can include social skills, personal care skills, money and budgeting skills, safety skills, and being involved in the consumer’s community.
  • Find creative and effective ways to teach skills, so that the consumer will have the greatest level of success.
  • Provide transportation to activities, as needed.
  • Provide assistance needed for the consumer to participate in community activities, which may include accompanying and supervising consumer during activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have the ability to complete all documentation of services to meet Medicaid and agency requirements.
  • Ability to meet all deadlines as required by this agency.
  • Must be able to track hours worked to not exceed approved amounts.
  • Must complete Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting training, as required by the Department of Human Services.
  • Must have a passion for providing excellent care to others.
  • Must be able to meet the physical and emotional demands of the consumer, which can include lifting, running, and de-escalating emotional situations. Such requirements are different for each consumer. Limits in this area will also limit the amount of work available.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year or greater experience with children, preferably children with a disability.
  • CPR and First Aid certified, or willing to become certified.
  • Education beyond high school in a human service or education-related field.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Have access to a reliable vehicle.

Physical Requirements:

May be required to lift to support physical needs of the consumer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To Apply

Visit: www.TheRespiteConnection.com

For questions, contact:

Shelly Elrod, Assistant Director
2469 106th St.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
United States

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Internship/Co-Op

Looking for an internship or post graduate opportunity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory? The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides paid opportunities for undergraduates, grad students, recent graduates, and faculty to participate in high-quality research alongside world-class scientists to solve real-world problems. Opportunities are available for internships and co-ops, research appointments, and sabbaticals. All opportunities are limited to scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematical fields.

You can access all available opportunities through the website of http://www.orau.org/ornl. This will take you to the profile based application system where you can apply for numerous programs after you complete your profile. The Talent and Opportunity System allows you to create a profile, and then for each program or job posting that you apply for, you only answer 5 or 6 questions.

Individuals who choose an internship or research opportunity at ORNL are paired with world-class scientists to solve real-world problems. All levels of participants from undergraduates to faculty are encouraged to publish research papers with their mentors. Please browse through the Research Profiles on the different participants and their research experiences at the right hand side of the bottom of the web site listed above. Also, there is a featured two minute video of research participants at ORNL sharing their thoughts on how accesses to world-class research facilities and staff have catapulted their careers in science and technology. If you would like to see the six minute video, you can find it on YouTube at http://ow.ly/2EQLz.

AMGEN Scholars Program

Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in Chemistry, Biology, BCMB, and biotechnology fields.


Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.


Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2012. For more information, please visit www.amgenscholars.caltech.edu

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Western Kentucky University seeks talented science students to participate in its summer National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in investigative biotechnology (May 29-August 3, 2012).

Twelve faculty members in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Computer Science will serve as mentors to accepted students. These students will gain much. Academically, students will be trained in research techniques, participate in exciting research (students can chose from over seventeen projects), and gain valuable presentation skills. Additionally, students will benefit from a series of workshops exploring ethics and preparing students to apply for and succeed in graduate school.


Our preference is for rising juniors and seniors (younger students with research experience will be considered), who have completed core courses in the science curriculum at their home institutions and have demonstrated a curiosity and passion for science. We especially encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education in the biological sciences.


Practically, students will receive a stipend of $500 per week, free housing, meal and travel allowances, and lab supplies.

Application: Students can find more information and application instructions at http://www.wku.edu/biotechreu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For consideration, applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 2, 2011. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Dr. Shivendra Sahi (shivendra.sahi@wku.edu), Dr. Rodney King (rodney.king@wku.edu), or myself (audra.jennings@wku.edu).

Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded nine week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for students from underrepresented populations defined by the CDC.

The program begins May 29, 2012, with a one-week orientation at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland that focuses on research design, infectious diseases, urban health issues, and other health equity topics. During the remaining eight weeks of the program, students receive mentored educational and professional development experiences at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or in Baltimore, Maryland at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, or the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Three experiences may be offered at both sites:

  • Research Externship: Students work with research mentors on a range of infectious disease projects and public health prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Students may receive training in conducting community-based participatory research, which engages communities that are currently underserved by mainstream systems.
  • Clinical Externship: Students rotate through clinical experiences related to infectious diseases and public health. In addition, students will have planned experiences in community-based health care delivery and support systems for underserved groups.
  • Leadership Externship: Students work with professionals in public health and related systems on the formation, implementation and evaluation of health care and health equity legislation, regulations and practice guidelines. The critical role of engaging underrepresented communities in shaping responsive systems of care is emphasized.


The final day of the program is July 27, 2012. A stipend is provided for all participants. Housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state students.Develop and present their chosen public health topics at the Fellowship Program Symposia, Attend weekly public health seminars, Submit an abstract and deliver a formal presentation, Become members of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and Gain sponsorship to attend other scientific meetings (as funding permits).


In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, the applicant must:

  • Be a member of an underrepresented population as defined by the federal government.
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have the ability to commit to the length of the fellowship (May 29 – July 27, 2012)

For more information and the application process please visit: http://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional-training/professional-training-programs/rise-programs/ferguson-fellowship

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