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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 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


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.


  • 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.


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.


Balloon Fiesta has almost 35 different Navigator teams.Some teams work directly with the public, some work with pilots and crew, while other teams work with sponsors, media or other Navigators. 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.

Teams that serve the Public

  • Information Booths
  • Greeters              
  • Gondola Club
  • Group Tours Hospitality Tent
  • Bike Valet
  • Park & Ride
  • Courtesy Shuttles
  • Music Fiesta Ushers
  • Chase Crew Committee
  • Balloon Fiesta Office - Reception Desk

Teams that serve Pilots and Crew

  • Pilot Registration
  • Pilot Welcome Committee
  • Pilot Hospitality Tent
  • Pilot Parties

Teams that work with other Navigators or administration functions

  • Navigator Hospitality Tent
  • Navigator Support Services
  • Other Balloon Fiesta administrative tasks

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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