The Directorate for Safety, Environment and Energy is committed to safety, protection and assistance, environmental protection, sustainable energy supply and is responsible for building permit procedures as well as for the Bern Animal Park (Dählhölzli + BearPark). At the zoo, we focus on imparting knowledge about European animals and their habitats.

Equality and integration are important to us. The City of Bern thrives on the diversity of its employees.

Can I also come to the zoo on Future Day?

Only the children of employees have the opportunity to spend Future Day at the zoo. Click here for all offers for the National Future Day in Switzerland

Jobs at the Bern Animal Park

Vacancies are advertised in the Bern Official Gazette and on the City of Bern’s job portal at Send us your application only in response to a job advertisement.

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Apprenticeship as an animal keeper/caretaker

Please note: A prerequisite for completing an apprenticeship as an animal keeper at the Bern Animal Park is a successfully completed vocational apprenticeship, preferably in a skilled trade.

Detailed information about the animal keeper profession can be found at

Trial apprenticeships

A trial apprenticeship at the Bern Animal Park is possible from the age of 15 and lasts three days, from Monday to Wednesday. We accept your written application at

The trial apprenticeship is free for residents of the city of Bern, otherwise it costs CHF 150.

For further information, please call Ms Heidi Ott on +41 31 357 15 13.

Internships, temporary and holiday jobs

The Bern Animal Park does not offer internships, temporary jobs or temporary jobs.

More Topics

Contact Person
Mission statement
Verein zooschweiz
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Verband der Zoologischen Gärten
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums