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Surgical Tissue 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.  


Have you ever thought what happens when you check the DONOR box on your license? More than 100,000 Americans are in need of an organ, eye, or tissue transplant. Our talented team of Surgical Tissue Recovery Specialists provide hope and healing to others by playing an active role in providing the gift of life enhancing tissues to gracious transplant recipients and researchers. One tissue donor can save and heal up to 75 lives, by providing recipients skin grafts to help stop infection after a serious burn, ligaments to a donor to repair a torn ACL, and more. After in-depth education and training, you will independently execute the surgical recovery of all types of tissues, including bones, skin, tendons, veins, corneas, and heart valves, from deceased donors in alignment with regulatory and processor requirements. Ongoing training and education drives the opportunity to enhance the overall quality. Processes adhere to proper clinical room etiquette and universal safety precautions while maintaining respect and confidentiality for the donor throughout recovery.

This is a full-time position requiring variable, on-call schedule - including weekends, and holidays. This position requires 2-3 months of training on the day shift (5am-7pm), and then will transition to full time night shifts (5pm-7am). It requires a minimum of 36 hours worked per week with a combination of tissue recovery and in-office duties. Work locations vary dependent upon many factors - onsite at LifeSource, medical examiner's offices, hospitals, or funeral homes.


  • Engages in safe, timely and compassionate surgical recovery of tissue (including skin, cardiac, vascular, musculoskeletal, and ocular) from incision to reconstruction using established surgical and sterile technique protocols in an operating room or similar environment.
  • Assists, exhibiting a thorough understanding of requirements, with assessment, lab testing specimens, packaging and documentation coordination of a recovery.
  • Assists with tracking and maintaining the cleanliness and orderly manner of the clinical suite, including tissue supply rooms, staging area and offsite medical examiner recovery suites
  • Engages in general Tissue Support services providing continuity of services from the department to the organization.

If this position sounds like something of interest to you, please click here for the full position 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 encourages to submit their applications as soon as possible as they review process will begin right away.

Position Requirements


  1. Requires a High school diploma or equivalent. Advanced education in biology, chemistry or similar surgical coursework preferred.
  2. Requires 1-year experience in tissue recovery, surgery or similar job function, with proven practiced knowledge of human anatomy or equivalent education & experience.
  3. Requires previous proven practiced knowledge of human anatomy and aseptic/sterile technique.
  4. Performing recoveries requires attention to detail, hand-eye coordination, a steady hand, effective fine motor skills, occasionally exerting necessary force and ability to manipulate tools accurately to execute trained techniques.
  5. Frequently lift objects up to 50 pounds and carry short distances. Ability to push/pull up to 150 pounds with assistance. Heavier objects should be lifted and transferred using team help.
  6. Stamina for the ability to stand 100% of the time during recovery.
  7. Must be organized, detail oriented, and have strong collaboration and communication skills.
  8. Proven self-directed, motivated contributor with a strong initiative and ability to function autonomously, establish priorities and work effectively within a team environment.
  9. Works under the supervision of a designated trainer until deemed competent to perform job independently.
  10. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 a minimum of seven (7) 14-hour shifts per two weeks. A minimum of four (4) 14-hour weekend shifts per month. (Friday 5:00 p.m. – Monday 7:00 a.m. end time). Follows assigned work schedule, in accordance with Tissue 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. 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.
  3. Non-recovery work is expected to be completed in the Minneapolis office during defined office hours or otherwise established, case activity is priority; if not at Minneapolis office, must report on-site within 1 hour.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Must be able to follow and successfully complete category immunization, health screening and background check requirements.

Why Join LifeSource?
Since 1989, the LifeSource team has worked with our regions’ diverse communitiesto break down barriers to donation. Bringing a rich diversity of perspectives andexperience to our organization at all levels strengthens our ability to serve ourcommunity and fulfill our mission.Our values embody how we engage in ourwork - respect, advocacy, accountability, life and innovation. More information onour continued work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion can be found on ourwebsite—just follow the QR code on the sidebar.We set our team up for success by providing comprehensive on-boarding, aswell as on-going personal and career development. Team members are offered
traditional benefits such as health, vision, dental, and life insurance, generous PTO,and 401k matching. We also support our team through non-traditional benefits suchas tuition reimbursement, resiliency coaching, and HSA employer contributions.LifeSource is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplacewith opportunities for all talent to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employerand strongly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, veterans, persons with disabilities, members of marginalized communities, and non-traditional applicants to apply.

Shift Nights  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Minneapolis, MN - LifeSource  
Open Date 10/18/2021  
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.  

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