TitlePer Diem Eye Recovery Technician- Irvine
Department NameRecovery Services
This is a SightLife position.
Founded in 1969, SightLife is the only non-profit global health organization solely focused on eliminating corneal blindness in the U.S. and around the world. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, the organization leverages innovative technologies and best business practices to transform lives and unlock life's possibilities for the corneal blind. SightLife works in partnership with surgeons and health organizations in more than 29 countries. SightLife and its global eye bank partners combined provided over 30,000 corneas for transplant in 2016. 

Put your passion to work and consider joining this team of professionals fulfilling a mission to serve as an innovative provider of sight with a passion for quality and excellence.

Sightlife is seeking a highly motivated, independent eye recovery technician for the Irvine area. The technician performs the aseptic surgical recovery of human cornea tissue--the first in a series of steps for successful transplantation. Comprehensive training in aseptic and surgical recovery technique will be provided by SightLife. Technicians work independently, travelling to local area hospitals, funeral homes, and medical examiner's offices throughout the Irvine area to complete the recovery procedure on the deceased donor. The team of technicians rotate on-call shifts to cover a 24/7 schedule. Schedule availability and flexibility are key qualities for success in this position. A valid driver's license/insurance/reliable vehicle is required. No direct experience is required, but we are seeking the right individual who has some education or experience in the fields of science and/or health care. 

Primary Purpose:
Responsible for the recovery of human eye tissue for transplant and/or research and the collection of necessary medical, behavioral, laboratory, and other data to facilitate quality donor screening.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Performs efficient and quality surgical recovery of human eye tissue for transplant and/or research.
  • Collects complete and accurate medical charts, behavioral data, laboratory data, blood specimens, and other pertinent data from the recovery site and other appropriate agencies.
  • Travels throughout respective recovery area to collect eye tissue and medical records.
  • Acts professionally and respectfully as a representative of SightLife in hospital, funeral home, and transplant/donation settings.
  • Performs scheduled donor recoveries.
  • Performs timely transportation of eye tissue to and from airport and surgeon’s facilities as needed.
  • Ensure all applicable FDA, EBAA, SightLife and state regulatory policies are followed.
  • Performs other projects and duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with all Eye Bank, hospital, and peer agency staff.
  • Ability to work days, nights, weekends and long hours when needed.
  • Able to interpret and follow verbal and written direction.
  • A personal commitment to organ and tissue donation required. 
  • All SightLife staff are expected to be able to use Word, Excel, Outlook or their equivalents at a functional level.
  • Understanding and adherence to SightLife's safety, regulatory and confidentiality guidelines.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Lifting; Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally.  Occasionally, the employee must lift and move up to 80 lbs.
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • High School diploma or equivalent. 
  • Medical and/or Biological science background strongly preferred.
Work Environment
The work is performed primarily in a hospital/morgue environment.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar and related to a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical hospital and office work).
Physical Requirements (for essential functions):
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to perform the following activities:
  • Reaching. Extending hands and arms in any direction.
  • Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Using Fingers. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand.
  • Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward up to 80 pounds.
  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.  Occasionally the employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw haul or tug objects in a sustained motion up to 80 pounds.
  • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Seeing.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus Depth Perception: ability to judge distance and space relationships.  Field of Vision: ability to see peripherally.  Accommodation: ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus.
  • Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Benefits provided with the position:
  • Dental insurance for employees (annual deductible $25/ individual, annual maximum $2000 per person).
  • Vision coverage for employees (Paid 100% with $10 co pay every 12 months).
  • Retirement Plan- Employer contributions of 8% of the employee's salary after one year of continuous employment. This plan is not a match nor requires employee contributions. Voluntary Plan- employee may voluntarily designate a percentage or flat dollar amount of his/her salary. 
  • Employee Assistance Plan