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Surgical Technologist & Organ Recovery Specialist 

About the Organization

LifeSource is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest. It's our privilege to serve the 7 million people who live in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin.

We're dedicated to working with our hospital and community partners to support donor families, manage the donation process and educate our communities to create a culture of donation. We're a passionate and committed cross-functional team who believe in our vision that everyone shares the gift of life. Each of our team members plays an integral role in our life-saving work, using their unique talents and contributions to further our mission.  


LifeSource is looking for a Surgical Technologist and Organ Recovery Specialist eager to take their skills to the next level to join our team of Surgical Recovery Coordinators. This isn't your typical Surgical Technologist job, here are some key differences between a Surgical Technologist and a Surgical Recovery Coordinator:

  • Our Surgical Recovery Coordinators are responsible for coordinator of the entire OR, acting as a subject matter expert and guiding the various transplant surgeons, the hospital team, and other LifeSource Team members through the organ recovery
  • Organ recoveries have a lot of variability, so you would need to be ready for those changes to happen and be able to adapt and problem solve any issues that arise quickly
  • You would assist the Surgical Technologist by informing which items are needed for organ recovery and timing of when the instruments are needed
  • Surgical Recovery Coordinators are not only responsible for ensuring the organ recovery goes well by keeping everyone informed and prepared, but also responsible for preserving, packaging, and sometimes delivering the recovered organs
  • The OR environment might not be as controlled as you are used to, there can be anywhere from 1-6 different recovery surgeons/teams coming into the OR to recover the organ they are responsible for
  • When you are going to work, you are going to a different OR each time, depending on where the potential organ donor is, so you need to understand that hospitals function differently and be able to adapt to their policies and culture

If this sounds like something of interest to you, please click here to review the job description to see if you meet the qualifications. (Please view link on the job posting through our employment page:

This position will remain open for 30 days or until filled; however, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible as the review process will begin right away.

Position Requirements


  1. Requires a combination of education and experience with a surgical focus of human anatomy and a minimum of two years’ experience both in an operating room environment and with aseptic/sterile technique execution.
  2. Designation as a Certified Surgical Technologist, Certified Surgical Assistant, Surgical Technologist or equivalent strongly desired.
  3. An independent contributor in the operating room, entails self-direction, ability to function autonomously, establish priorities and work effectively with an external team.
  4. Requires successful completion of Certified Transplant Preservationist certification within two (2) years of entry in the position. Once certified, you must obtain the required continuing education or recertification credits/process.
  5. Previous experience executing  critical thinking and analytical skills to confidently make reasonable and sound decisions.
  6. Strong communication and interpersonal skills including effective written correspondence, active listening, and professional customer service response at all levels.
  7. Must be organized, detail oriented, motivated contributor with a strong initiative to meet deadlines. 
  8. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. 
  9. Demonstrated ability to exhibit a high degree of quality, integrity, and honor confidentiality of appropriate information including, but not limited to, personal team member data, organizational operations or work processes, donor and donor family information, contributor details, any financial information and medical or protected health information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA.
  10. Proven skilled and competent in using technology-based devices and mobile tools such as personal computers and related software, electronic medical record systems, mobile phones, and mobile printing devices.


  1. Requires regular on-call availability of thirteen (13) 24-hour shifts per four (4) week block, including working weekends and holidays. Requires 2 weekends, per 4-week block, this includes Friday, Sat, Sun or Saturday, Sun, Mon. Additionally, four (4) office days per 4-week block. Follows assigned work schedule, in accordance with Surgical Recovery Team Departmental Guidelines and Expectations, which may vary based on the needs of the organization and may require additional time commitment outside of scheduled shifts for meetings or trainings.
  2. Must report on-site within 1 hour of notification.
  3. Overtime may be appropriate to meet organizational needs. May require extended periods of work time including travel.
  4. Environmental influences may include unpleasant odors, slippery surfaces, work in operating rooms/morgues at hospitals/funeral homes/medical examiners offices, temperature variations, exposure to human tissue and associated hazards and biohazards.
  5. Non-recovery work is expected to be completed in the office during defined office hours or otherwise established, case activity is priority.
  6. Able to travel within the LifeSource service area (MN, ND, SD and a portion of WI) by ground or air, via small charter aircraft, safely during various weather conditions. In addition, must have required credentials to be able to travel by ground or air throughout the United States and Canada commercially.
  7. Affected team member in Category I are regularly exposed to bloodborne pathogens and have a potential for this exposure or handle materials that could spread infection (one or more potential opportunities per month). Additionally, they have regular interaction with staff in patient or donor areas in a hospital or clinic setting while performing their assigned job duties.
  8. Must be able to follow and successfully complete category immunization, health screening and background check requirements.

LifeSource is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplace with opportunities for all talent to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, veterans, persons with disabilities, members of marginalized communities, and non-traditional applicants to apply.


Shift Rotating  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Minneapolis, MN - LifeSource  
Open Date 7/12/2021  
EOE Statement LifeSource is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplace with opportunities for all talent to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, veterans, persons with disabilities, members of marginalized communities, and non-traditional applicants to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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