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Volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta


BECOME A BALLOON FIESTA NAVIGATOR!

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators!

Balloon Fiesta is large and complex, and we depend on over 900 volunteers to help before, during and after. These volunteers, called "Navigators," are critical to every area of operations. They provide guest services, balloon coordination and safety, set-up and logistics, and more in over 40 different areas. This variety of needs allows just about any person, with any skills, talents or interests, to experience Balloon Fiesta from a new perspective.

Please note that we have a 3-shift minimum requirement. If you are unable to work 3 or more shifts, please consider participating as Chase Crew. There are no shift requirements for crew. Some areas may also have additional training requirements.

Shift times for vary from area to area. Below are the hours for event sessions for the positions above. Shifts likely reflect these hours, beginning slightly before the session, and ending slighly afterward.

On the days with 2 sessions (see Schedule of Events), shifts are scheduled around these times:
A.M. Session (5:30 – 11 a.m.)
P.M. Session (3:30 – 9:00 p.m.)

On the days with only one session, only the morning shift is available.

REGISTRATION

WE ARE ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2015. Please note, however, that assignments do not begin until July/August of 2015.

To register to be a Balloon Fiesta Navigator at the 2015 Balloon Fiesta, please complete this form: NAVIGATOR REGISTRATION. If you have further questions about being a Navigator, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or swylie@balloonfiesta.com

Please be advised that the most secure way to submit your personal information is by using the online form submission above. However, if you are unable to access this form online, please print one of the following files:
Navigator Registration in .pdf format
Navigator Registration in Word format

Mail this form to: AIBF - Event Coordinator, 4401 Alameda Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Fax to (505) 828-2887
Email to swylie@balloonfiesta.com

Please note that AIBF is unable to accept volunteers under the age of 13. Volunteers between the ages  of 13-18 must be accompanied by an adult.

OTHER TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

Chase Crew

Chase Crew is a fun way to assist pilots in inflating, deflating and chasing their balloons. Click here for that application: Crew Registration. If you have questions about being part of a Chase Crew, contact Randy Myklebust, Pilot Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 104 or randym@balloonfiesta.com.

Group Volunteers

Many non-profit groups are looking for ways to raise money for their organization. Balloon Fiesta has a number of areas that utilize this pool of labor, while a donation is made to the organization.

Some of those areas include:
Admissions, parking and fee-for-parking. If your group would like to help in one of these areas,
contact Elaine Nelson, Transportation Manager, at (505) 821-1000 or enelson@balloonfiesta.com

Merchandise Sales. If your group would like to help in this area, contact Lisa Mulder, Merchandise Manager, at (505) 821-1000 or lmulder@balloonfiesta.com

For other group inquiries, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or swylie@balloonfiesta.com

Officials

We utilize volunteers in the all official positions - Launch Directors, Scoring, Weather, and Safety Officials, Land-Owner Relations, and more. Specific skills and experience is required for these positions. If you are interested in learning more, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or swylie@balloonfiesta.com

ARE YOU VISITING FROM OUT-OF-STATE?

Many of our Navigators travel to Balloon Fiesta from outside New Mexico - a popular trend termed "Volun-Tourism." In fact, up to 30% of Balloon Fiesta Navigators hail from somewhere outside of New Mexico. If you will be visiting Albuquerque and the Balloon Fiesta for the first time, you may find this information to be helpful: Visiting Navigator Information.

Thank you for your interest!
Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


Balloon Fiesta Park
(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address
4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Local: (505) 821-1000
Toll-free:1-888-422-7277


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