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.
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 email@example.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
Teams that serve Pilots and Crew
Teams that work with other Navigators or administration functions
If you have further questions about being a Navigator, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE
4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Local: (505) 821-1000