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Volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta


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 we depend on over 900 volunteers to help before, during and after. These volunteers, called "Navigators," are critical to every area of operations. They provide guest 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.

Some areas may have minimum shift and additional training requirements.

Below are just a few of the areas where Navigators can help out:

  • Information Booths
  • Balloon Discovery Center
  • Sponsor Relations
  • Media Relations
  • Concessions
  • Office
  • Pilot Registration / Hospitality Tent
  • Courtesy Carts and Shuttle Drivers
  • Entertainment
  • Retail Sales
  • Field Services
  • RV Park
  • Gondola Club
  • Greeters
  • Park and Ride
  • Traffic
  • Gas Committee/Command Center
  • Group Tours
  • Propane
  • Chase Crew Committee

To register to be a Balloon Fiesta Navigator, please complete this form: NAVIGATOR REGISTRATION. If you have further questions about being a Navigator, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or

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.


Chase Crew

Chase Crew is a fun way to assist pilots in inflating, deflating and chasing their balloons. Click here for that application: Crew Registration. If you have questions about being part of a Chase Crew, contact Randy Myklebust, Pilot Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 104 or

Group Volunteers

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.

Some of those areas include assistance with admissions, parking and fee-for-parking. If your group would like to help in one of these areas, contact Elaine Nelson, Transportation Manager, at (505) 821-1000, ext. 117 or

For other group inquiries, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or


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. If you are interested in learning more, contact Sandy Wylie, Event Coordinator, at (505) 821-1000, Ext. 109 or


Many of our Navigators travel to Balloon Fiesta from outside New Mexico - a popular trend termed "Volun-Tourism." In fact, up to 30% of Balloon Fiesta Navigators hail from somewhere outside of New Mexico. If you will be visiting Albuquerque and the Balloon Fiesta for the first time, you may find this information to be helpful: Visiting Navigator Information.

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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