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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 the 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.

Volunteer applications will open May 1, 2017.

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 number of shifts. That number varies from team to team, but most teams require at least 4 shifts. 
    *If you are unable to work more than 1 or 2 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 slightly 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 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
  • The current year's Official Calendar

Additional benefits may be available, depending upon hours served, team assignment, and role. 

Volunteer applications will open May 1, 2017. Please check back at that time. 

Thank you for your interest!

Sandy Wylie
Event Coordinator
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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