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Volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta depends upon scores of volunteers in a variety of positions. Please select the page that is most appropriate for your status:

Information about becoming a Navigator (See Below)
Existing Navigators

Chase Crew

Other Types of Volunteers (Volunteer Groups, Workampers, Officials)



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 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. Some areas may also have additional training requirements.

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 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.


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:
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

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

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

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