Bear Balou at BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

Chief Animal Caretaker (m/f/d)

Fulltime | 40 hours a week | BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz, Germany 


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

You would 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 in BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz.

Your contribution will be

  • Ensuring the smooth and efficient daily operations of the bear keeping at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz and working within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure animals, staff, and visitors’ 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 programmes for all bears
  • Overseeing facility management of bear houses, enclosures, and some sanctuary grounds
  • Carrying out integrations, and positive reinforcement training


Your profile ideally illustrates

  • Education as a zoo keeper or a relevant degree for example in biology or animal behavior
  • Experience in working with large carnivores is ideal
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety regulations when dealing with wild animals
  • Experience in supervising, managing and training staff
  • Excellent German skills, English a plus
  • Talent in interacting with different groups of people including visitors and staff
  • Ability to work independently
  • Driver’s license (B)


Our offer includes

  • The opportunity to truly contribute to global animal welfare
  • A diverse and responsible occupation with a lot of creative freedom
  • Working within a team of international animal sanctuaries
  • A multinational team with the spirit of being ONE FOUR PAWS
  • An eLearning onboarding platform and many different learning opportunities


We are dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity, and plurality.

Be part of a good cause and apply for your next professional challenge with your cover letter and CV in German as well as your salary requirements and earliest entry date to:


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Winnie Roesner, Site Manager

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