Training as an animal keeper

Zoo Berlin trains animal keepers on an annual basis.



The animal keeping apprenticeship trade requires an intermediate high school diploma (the equivalent of the Realschule school leaving certificate in Germany) with good grades in science subjects. It is offered as basic vocational training. A fourteen-day related placement is desirable.




From when can I apply?
Applications will be accepted with the half-year report from the 10th class for the same year of training. The end of year report from the 9th class should also be attached.

What must my application include?
– application letter, tabular CV with passport photo
– applicants under 18 years must get a doctor's certificate from the youth health services
– applicants over 18 must get a certificate from a family doctor
– hepatitis (hepatitis A and B) certificate

Note regarding the application
You should use your cover letter to state what you expect from working as an animal keeper and why you want to learn this trade. Special qualifications, such as experience gained in placements in this area, should also be noted or enclosed. We are happy to receive application materials in written form without file but also by email.

How many applicants are taken on each year?
We can only accept a limited number of applicants for shortlisting. The number of trainees is limited to four to five places per year.

Practical and theoretical training


The trainees shall cover all areas in their three years of training. The trainees from the aquarium also learn animal management in the zoo in their first year of training.

Parallel to the practical training, block teaching also takes place for all trainees in the Peter-Lenné-Schule (Hartmannsweilerweg 29, 14163 Berlin – Zehlendorf) across all three years of training. Foundation knowledge about the biology of the animal kingdom, feeding science, animal management, the calculation of animal enclosure areas and feeding levels is taught here with a focus on technical qualification, technical calculation and social studies, The trainee additionally gains an understanding of the key animal and nature protection legislation, internal provisions, occupational health and safety regulations.

An additional, approximately one-hour lesson also takes place within the establishment. This primarily focuses on the biology and phylogeny of animals.

Contact for application materials
Please address your application or questions regarding traineeships at Tierpark Berlin to Ms Gundula Gregarek, Zoo Berlin AG / Tierpark Berlin GmbH. Email: