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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. 1-9, 2016).
  • 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 chase 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.

    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.

    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    10/2  A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.

    10/4 A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    10/5 A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    10/6  A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    10/7  A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    10/8  A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    10/9 A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Basic mandatory training is 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.

Thank you for your interest!

Sandy Wylie
Event Coordinator
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Local: (505) 821-1000