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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.  


At LifeSource, we’re relentlessly pursuing a day where those in need of a life-saving or life-enhancing organ, eye or tissue transplant receive that gift. By joining the LifeSource team, you will have the chance to positively impact your neighbors in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin – maybe someone in your very own community.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

LifeSource is seeking a Surgical Recovery Specialist to collaborate with partners in the surgical dissection, removal, and preparation of abdominal organs and tissue recovered from deceased donors for transplantation and research. In this position, you'll advance our lifesaving mission by performing the following duties:

  • Assist surgeons in the recovery of organs for transplantation by engaging in effective communication and collaboration in an operative environment.
  • Engage as a surgical recovery subject matter expert providing leadership and guidance to the Organ Procurement team to achieve improved outcomes and maximizes organs for transplantation and research.

For more information about the role, please view the full position description by clicking here (please navigate to the job posting on our careers website to view the link).

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.

Why Join LifeSource:

Since 1989, the LifeSource team has worked with our regions’ diverse communities to break down barriers to donation. Bringing a rich diversity of perspectives and experience to our organization at all levels strengthens our ability to serve our community and fulfill our mission. Our values embody how we engage in our work - respect, advocacy, accountability, life and innovation. More information on our continued work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion can be found on our website.

We set our team up for success by providing comprehensive on-boarding, as well 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 such as tuition reimbursement, resiliency coaching, and HSA employer contributions.

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.


  1. Requires a combination of education and experience with a surgical focus of human anatomy and a minimum of one year of experience in a hospital-based operating room environment and with aseptic/sterile technique execution.

  2. Requires applied knowledge of aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical assist techniques and awareness of recovery procedures.
  3. 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.
  4. Requires a minimum of three years of proven leadership, mentoring and coaching experience.
  5. Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills to confidently execute reasonable and sound decision making.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively and interact positively, evaluating questions, concerns, and complaints objectively.
  7. Demonstrated interpersonal savvy capabilities, building, maintaining, motivating, influencing, and achieving cooperation with both internal and external relationships across all levels of an organization.
  8. Detail oriented and highly organized with a desire to improve processes, take initiative and solve problems and meet deadlines.
  9. Strong communication and interpersonal skills including effective written correspondence, active listening, and professional customer service response at all levels.
  10. 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.
  11. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  12. Proven skilled and competent in using technology-based tools such as personal computers and related software, mobile devices, and electronic medical record systems as appropriate for position.



  1. Requires regular on-call availability fifteen (15) 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. May include additional office days for trainings, meetings, or other work as appropriate. Follows assigned work schedule, in accordance with Team Guidelines and Expectations, which may vary based on the needs of the organization.
  2. Must report on-site within 1 hour of notification.
  3. May require additional time commitment outside of scheduled shifts for meetings or trainings.
  4. Frequently lift objects up to 100 pounds and transfer short distances. Ability to push/pull up to 150 pounds with assistance. Heavier objects should be lifted and transferred using team help.
  5. 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.
  6. Extensive travel within Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to donor hospitals both by vehicle and 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 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.
Position Requirements


Shift Rotating  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Minneapolis, MN - LifeSource  
Open Date 9/8/2022  
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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