Materials Specialist (Wastewater)

Under general supervision, a Materials Specialist coordinates the acquisition, receipts, storage, inventory, transportation, issuance and recording of materials, supplies, tools, parts or equipment used in a large water utility or wastewater treatment facility. The current vacancy is in the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Wastewater facility.

The ideal candidate will be a certified forklift operator and have experience:
• researching price and specification information from vendors over the telephone, internet sites, catalogs, equipment drawings and manuals in order to supply EBMUD's materials needs.
• understanding and following EBMUD's purchasing guidelines by referring to EBMUD's purchasing procedures in order to maintain standard purchasing processes.
• following up on orders by contacting vendors over the telephone, in person, fax, e-mail and through written correspondence in order to obtain ordered materials on time.
• utilizing purchase card as necessary and tracking expenditures.
• entering reconciliation data into database.
• coordinating and preparing requisitions for materials, tools, parts, supplies and equipment.
• maintaining a cumulative list of local vendors.
• acting as liaison with local vendors.
• obtaining data and information from local vendors and service providers.
• maintaining inventory of materials, supplies and equipment.
• making necessary stock level adjustments, establishing re-order points, insuring inventory
movements are entered into the computer or manually recorded.
• picking up and delivering materials, parts, supplies and equipment from various places to prevent work delays or to enhance productivity.
• preparing materials for shipment by properly packaging and labeling, and contracting the proper shipping source in order to effectively ship materials.
• unpacking and inspecting deliveries for damages and completeness of orders.
• storing materials, parts and supplies received in a logical and orderly fashion.
• maintaining records of purchases, requisitions, invoices, inventory records, work orders, vendor files, annual purchase orders, hazardous materials, material safety data sheets, memos, letters and other related documents.
• providing lead work to storekeepers, materials handlers, stock clerks including training, assignment and review of work.
• performing clerical work associated with purchasing, requisitioning, inventory, storekeeping, and other functions.
• operating a forklift to load, unload, move and stock materials, supplies and equipment in both enclosed and open storage areas.
• maintaining the work area in a clean, safe, and orderly condition.

The most competitive candidates will have experience using precision measuring devices such as vernier and dial calipers, micrometers, drill indexes and thread gauges for quality control, determining exact shaft, seal or bearing diameters and material identification; and reading cross-reference items and interpreting blueprints, technical drawings and data sheets.

The salary range is $6,867 per month increasing to $7,210, $7,571 and $7,950 after 12, 24, and 36 months, respectively.

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals age forty or older, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation or related medical condition), pregnancy disability leave status, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and other categories protected by federal, state and/or local laws.

1. Completion of the twelfth grade, or its equivalent, and

2. Three years of increasingly responsible storekeeping experience two years of which must have been at the level of EBMUD's Storekeeper II classification.

3. Possession of a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.

4. Possession of the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the job, including dexterity, stamina, and physical strength to load and unload materials of various bulk and weight, including lifting objects weighing up to 100 pounds. Must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and work overtime as needed.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. To be considered under the "equivalent combination of education and experience" provision, it is your responsibility to include in your application materials written evidence of employment performed at the level of the typical duties of this position and/or coursework in subject areas directly related to this position. For more information, see our FAQ page at

The Selection Process:
1. Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

2. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each test part to advance to the next step in the selection process.

3. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, with those candidates receiving a passing score to be invited to a panel interview.

4. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 to 24 months.

5. The probation period for this position is 12 months. For those holding civil service status the probation period is 6 months.

6. All employment offers are conditional, pending the results of a Live Scan background screening. All selected finalists must participate in the Live Scan background screening process to remain in consideration for EBMUD employment.

Supplemental Information:
As the first step in the selection process, responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted online with the regular EBMUD application. Please provide thorough, accurate descriptions of assignments you have personally performed. Should you respond with comments such as "see application" or "see resume" instead of addressing the questions directly, your application may not be considered.