Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta®


Why are our Volunteers called Navigators? 

To Navigate is to direct, guide, or manage a traveler on its course. A Navigator is a person who navigates.

The word navigator embodies the role we expect you to play, for our guests, pilots, crew, even fellow navigators and staff, -- offering guidance, showing them the way, and confidently leading them to everything they need to have an outstanding experience. We recognize and honor that you are volunteering your time, effort and skills; we hope that you will wear the Navigator title proudly and show the world that AIBF Navigators are as world-class as the event. 

What is a Navigator?

Approx. 1200 individuals who have completed the Navigator application process, been assigned to a Navigator team, and completed all modules of the Navigator Basic Training their first year.  Navigators help before, during, and after the event and are critical to the success of the event. Navigators are under the direct supervision of an AIBF Staff person, who may or may not be assisted by a Navigator Team Leader(s). Navigators are critical to every area of operations, providing guest services, admministrative services, balloon coordination and safety, set-up and logistics on approx. 45 different teams.

Check out the Job description for each team here: 

To conduct the world's premier ballooning event while renewing friendships and promoting camaraderie among all participants and promoting the sport of ballooning, the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico, nationally and internationally. 

We will be accepting new Navigators in January 2023! 
Returning Navigators:  Already a Navigator?