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Volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta depends upon scores of volunteers in a variety of positions.There are a variety of "types" of volunteers - many of them dependent upon your schedule, interests or experience.

TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

This page details the AIBF "regular" volunteers (whom we call "Navigators"). Navigators volunteer in various areas throughout the event and report to an AIBF staffperson. Requirements are detailed below.

If becoming a Navigator doesn't fit your schedule or interests, there are plenty of other options available. Please click here for more options: Other Types of Volunteers

BALLOON FIESTA NAVIGATORS 


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

Balloon Fiesta is large, complex event requiring the over 900 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "Navigators," are critical to every area of operations. They provide guest services, administrative 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.

Requirements

  • Navigators must be available to work during Balloon Fiesta (Oct. 3-11, 2015).
  • Navigators are required to work a minimum of 3 shifts. (If you are unable to work 3 or more shifts, please consider participating as Chase Crew. There are no shift requirements for crew.) Shift times for vary from area to area. Below are the hours for event sessions. Shifts likely reflect these hours, beginning slightly before the session, and ending slighly afterward.

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

  • Beginning this year, basic mandatory training will be required for all Navigators. There are 4 video training modules, each lasting 30 minutes or less, followed by an online quiz

Some areas may also have additional training requirements.

REGISTRATION

WE ARE ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2015. Please note, however, that you may not be assigned to a team until July or August of 2015.

To register to be a Balloon Fiesta Navigator at the 2015 Balloon Fiesta, please complete this form:

NOTE TO EXISTING NAVIGATORS: If you have already completed the online registration, you do not need to complete it again. Please click here to see how to log in to your profile to update your information. 

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:

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.

NAVIGATOR POSITIONS

Balloon Fiesta has over 40 different Navigator teams.Some teams work directly with the public, some work with pilots and crew, while other teams work with sponsors, media, other Navigators, or behind the scenes.

Below is a list of teams that currently have openings. When completing your application, please note any area that may interest you. Assignments are based upon availability and scheduling, and may include an interview with the area Team Leader.

Courtesy Shuttles
  • This team is responsible for driving guests around various areas of the event - primarily from the field to the various parking lots.
  • All shifts are worked during Balloon Fiesta. There is a training meeting in advance of the event, and some set-up may be needed in the day or so before the event starts.
Pilot Hospitality Tent
  • The Pilot Hospitality team supports pilots and crew from around the world by starting their day with breakfast and a smile! Team members are responsible for setting up and serving breakfast, interacting with the pilots, and cleaning up after the shift is complete. No cooking skills required. Some heavy lifting is involved. And this team starts their work very early in the morning. 
  • All shifts are worked during Balloon Fiesta. There is a training meeting in advance of the event, and some set-up may be needed in the day or so before the event starts.
Balloon Discovery Center
  • This is our hands-on learning area for kids of all ages. There are various exhibits throughout this tent, and the team members explain to the guests about the different aspects of the sports and science of ballooning.
  • All shifts are worked during Balloon Fiesta. There may be a training meeting in advance of the event. This team also helps set up the exhibits on Saturday, September 26th.
Greeters
  • The Greeters stand at each of our entrances and greet guests entering the event, giving them our “Survival Guide” and answering any questions they have.
  • All shifts are worked during Balloon Fiesta. There may be a training meeting in advance of the event.
Information Booths
  • This team operates 3 different booths that we have located on Main Street, answering questions about the event, and also about tourism activities for guests to participate in once the balloon events are over.
  • All shifts are worked during Balloon Fiesta. There may be a training meeting in advance of the event, and some set-up may be needed in the day or so before the event starts.
Music Fiesta Ushers
  • This team helps the concert guests find their seats, taking tickets, and making sure that the seating areas are orderly and aisles are kept clear.
  • This team only works on Saturday, Oct. 10, during our Music Fiesta concert.
Chasers' Club
  • This is a dining area where guests get a light meal, entertainment, and beverages. The team members are responsible for taking admission tickets at the entry gate, and some light clean up throughout the area.
  • All shifts are worked during Balloon Fiesta. There may be a training meeting in advance of the event, and some set-up may be needed in the day or so before the event starts.
If you have further questions about being a Navigator, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or swylie@balloonfiesta.com

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

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Albuquerque, NM 87113

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