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Volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta

 

Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator!

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 over 1,000 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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Navigators must be available to work during the entire Balloon Fiesta. Some teams may require attendance at 1 or more training sessions prior to the event.
  • Navigators are required to work a minimum of 4 shifts.
    *If you are unable to work 4 or more shifts, please consider participating as Chase Crew. There are no shift requirements for chase crew.
  • Below are the hours for the event sessions. Shifts usually begin approximately 1 hour before the event session, and end slighly afterward. However, hours may vary depending upon the area in which you volunteer.
    Day 1  Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    A.M. Session
    5:30 – 11 a.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.

          P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    P.M. Session
    3:30 – 9:00 p.m.
     
  • Basic mandatory training is required for all Navigators. There are 5 video training modules, each lasting up to 30 minutes or less, followed by an online quiz.

Some areas may also have additional training requirements.

INCLUSIONS

Navigators who meet the above minimum requirements receive a Navigator pack, which includes:
  • Admission into the 9-day event
  • Parking for the 9-day event
  • Access to the Navigator Hospitality Tent for meals and snacks
  • Invitations to a variety of Balloon Fiesta parties
  • The current year's Navigator shirt
  • The current year's Navigator lapel pin
  • The current year's Official Event Program

Navigator applications for the 2016 Balloon Fiesta are closed.
Applications for the 2017 Balloon Fiesta will open on May 1st, 2017. 

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

Contact

Local: (505) 821-1000
Toll-free:1-888-422-7277