Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 0711


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Salary Range 16 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887


The SCIENCE STOREKEEPER performs stores activities involving procurement, storage, issuance, maintenance, mixing and dispensing of solutions, chemicals, scientific supplies, and equipment used in scientific teaching and research.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


  1. Stores. Typical tasks: maintain and operate a stockroom of chemicals, solutions, and scientific supplies and equipment used in scientific teaching and research; receives packages, labels, and stores chemicals, solutions and equipment for safe use; conforms to federal regulations concerning narcotics inventory; distribute merchandise to users and respond to inquiries regarding pricing, availability, and new materials; cleans, repairs, and maintains laboratory equipment used for chemical tests, teaching, and research activities or arranges for major repairs; keeps storeroom clean and organized; oversees security measures for handling radioactive and hazardous chemicals and materials.
  2. Chemical/Equipment Procurement. Typical tasks: determines department needs for chemicals, narcotics, scientific supplies and equipment; maintains file of vendor catalogs; determines quality, quantity, and best source of items to be purchased and initiates purchase requisitions; contacts vendors to resolve order problems; enters price agreement information in computer; establishes and maintains inventory levels and records; maintains records on purchases and sales of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; labels and engraves new items for identification and security purposes; checks incoming shipments of supplies for breakage and accuracy of quality and quantity of order/specification; collects inventory information, prepares inventory reports, and maintains inventory records for the stores.
  3. Laboratory Preparation. Typical tasks: assembles glassware, chemicals, and equipment used in the teaching laboratories; dispenses supplies and equipment from the stockroom to students; makes solvent and solution preparations based on precise measurements for use in laboratory instruction; standardizes meters such as ph meters; constructs setups for experiments such as vacuum filtration setups; checks laboratory equipment and materials in and out of the stockroom to members of the faculty; keeps laboratories clean and organized.
  4. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: may design and formulate special equipment for research projects; oversees and assigns work to student employees; may be assigned to special projects; may assign office and laboratory space to faculty and graduate students.


Employees in this class are in regular contact in person with faculty members and researchers to provide them with scientific supplies and equipment and to prepare for laboratory instruction. They have regular contact in person with students to issue or sell chemical supplies or provide instruction on laboratory techniques and safety.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from a Supervising Science Storekeeper or academic supervisor through frequent conferences on procedures and workload. Work performed by employees in this class is governed by storeroom procedures, State purchasing regulations, applicable Federal laws regarding alcohol and drugs, Oregon Safety and Health Act, and regulations regarding the storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals.


Supervision is not a responsibility of this class.


  • One year of college study that included at least fifteen quarter hours of Chemistry; AND
  • One year of full-time experience keeping chemical stores and stores records.

Additional college courses in Chemistry may be substituted for the experience requirement on the basis of four quarter hours for each month of experience.