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Chief Animal Caretaker (m/f/d) 

Full-time | 40 hours per week | BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa, Bulgaria


FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Find out more about our sustainable campaigns and projects on

Would you like to contribute to something meaningful and work with us along our mission? This is your chance. We are looking for dedicated people to enrich our team.

Your contribution will be

  • Ensuring the smooth and efficient daily operations of the animal related areas within the sanctuary and working within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure animal, staff and visitor safety and security  
  • Supervising the animal caretaker teams and ensuring that daily husbandry practices and safety protocols are strictly adhered to 
  • Creating and implementing enrichment programs for all bears  
  • Keeping record of daily procedures, behavioral observations and veterinary procedures 
  • Carrying out socialisations, weighing bears, positive reinforcement training 


Your profile ideally illustrates

  • A relevant degree in zoology, ecology, biology or veterinary medicine. Qualifications in wildlife management, zoo biology and zookeeping are preferred 
  • Experience in working with bears or other wild animals is a plus 
  • Familiarity with national laws and regulations regarding wild animals and their keeping  
  • Very strong Bulgarian and English skills, both written and spoken  
  • Driver’s license is required 
  • Practical, adaptable, creative, hardworking and problem solver 
  • Great affinity to animal welfare and FOUR PAWS vision and mission 


Our offer includes

  • The opportunity to truly contribute to global animal welfare 
  • A multinational team with the spirit of being ONE FOUR PAWS 
  • A dynamic and pleasant working environment in a motivated team 
  • Occasional business travel 


FOUR PAWS works towards a world filled with respect, empathy and understanding for animals and believes in the same values for people: we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply as we welcome everyone who wants to support our mission.

All interested individuals are invited to submit their applications for the position. Please note that in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, having a valid work permit for the respective country or being eligible to obtain one is a requirement for this position prior to commencing employment.

Be part of a good cause and apply for your next professional challenge with your CV in English.

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