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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.


This page details the AIBF "regular" volunteers (whom we call "Navigators"). Navigators volunteer in over 40 different 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 on the link below that best suits your needs:

  • Chase Crew - Chase Crew members can work as few as 1 session, or as many as 14. This position is great for folks who are new to Balloon Fiesta, and want to work with balloons close-up. Click here for more information on becoming Chase Crew.
  • Groups - 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.Click here for more information on volunteering as a Group.
  • 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.Click here for more information on becoming a Balloon Fiesta Official
  • Workampers - While Balloon Fiesta does not offer paid workamp positions, we have a team of RV volunteers who work additional hours and receive RV parking, hook-ups and other benefits when a certain level of volunteer hours is reached.Click here for more information on Workamping.

Existing Navigators can log into their profile, see a calendar of training dates, and more by visiting Navigator Central.

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 there are over 900 volunteers who help us 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.


  • 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 Navigator positions. 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.


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:

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.

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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