Internships & „BuFDi“ (federal service volunteer)

Students from age 14 upward can apply for an internship, which will usually last between one and two weeks. Necessary qualifications include reliability, interest in our animals as well as in the jobs associated with the Sanctuary (e.g. zoo keeper, vet, biologist, etc).

In addition to that you can apply for the „Bundesfreiwilligendienst“ (federal volunteer service) if you are interested, older than 16 years and a German citizen. Your duty at the SPEA should last at least 10 months at the SPEA, however your volunteer service can be expanded for up to 18 months.
Are you interested in getting to know the current and past „BuFDis“? You can find them here.

For questions and application regarding the internships or the „Bundesfreiwilligendienst“ feel free to write an e-mail. Please contact us some time in advance since maximum of two internships and one „BuFDi“ can work at the same time at our grounds. Unfortunately we are not able to pay our interns.

Please keep in mind: The SPEA is not a company that takes on trainees.

The work as a „BuFDi“ is a full-time job, which usually means 38 hours a week at the SPEA, and will be rewarded with a monthly allowance..