Science Stores Specialist

General Function

Performs administrative and clerical tasks related to providing inventory control over a department's scientific equipment, materials, and compounds

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Maintains inventory of scientific equipment, materials, and supplies for use by faculty and students; orders materials as necessary.

  • Oversees the distribution of materials and supplies to students and faculty; coordinates the use of equipment.

  • Ensures that equipment is maintained and cleaned; performs minor repairs.

  • Prepares a variety of solutions and solvents as requested by faculty.

  • Supervises student employees; establishes schedules and assigns tasks; monitors work performance; reviews and approves time sheets.

  • Oversees facility to ensure safe conditions for users are maintained and that wastes are disposed of properly.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to either Scientific Stores Specialist, Senior, Department Chair, or Lab Manager

Direction Given: Direct administrative supervision of student employees

Minimum Requirements

Requires nine months of coursework beyond high school in a scientific discipline related to department and one year of storeroom experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures

  • Knowledge of inventory control procedures

  • Knowledge of computers

  • Software used by department

Working Conditions

Physical effort usually requires considerable walking and standing with some lifting of materials weighing 25 to 50 pounds. Somewhat disagreeable working conditions. Some exposure to several unpleasant elements which are particularly disagreeable and pose some hazard of personal risk.

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

Functional Title

Science Stores Specialist

Job Code


Classification Series







Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013