Training at Tierpark Berlin

Training profession Animal keeper in the specialist field of zoo keeping (IHK qualification)


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.


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. A good level of health is to be documented with a doctor's certificate from the youth health services office for adolescents under 18 years. Applicants over 18 years must get a certificate from a family doctor. In addition, a hepatitis (hepatitis A and B) certificate and a tetanus jab is required.

A tabular CV with an application letter and passport photo must also be included.
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.
You must remember: We can only accept a limited number of applicants for shortlisting. The number of trainees is limited to four to five places per year at both institute.

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.


An intermediate examination concerning the technical and practical knowledge acquired will be held after eighteen months. The results reflect the existing knowledge of the trainees well.

There is a multi-part final exam at the end of the third year. This is composed of a written examination before the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the practical part in all areas of the Zoo/Tierpark/Aquarium. The trainee has passed the exam once the examination certificate is handed over, and with it is then considered an animal keeper.

An employment position after the training is then decided upon within the framework of the final section of the traineeship. If the trainees fail the exam, then they have the opportunity of repeating this after a period of six months. During this period, they may remain classified as a third-year trainee upon request and continue to take part in classes in the vocational school.


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


Applications for the Voluntary ecological year and for the German State Voluntary Service are also accepted.