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, and 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?

Approximately 1200 individuals who have completed the Navigator application process, been assigned to a Navigator team, and completed all modules of the Navigator Basic Training in their first year. Navigators help before, during, and after the event and are critical to the event's success. 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, administrative services, balloon coordination, safety, set-up, and logistics on approximately 45 different teams.

Check out the position 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.

New Navigator Applications

We accept applications for new Navigators from February 1 - August 31 (PLEASE SEE THE BELOW COMMENT.)

(or until positions are full) for the October 7-15, 2023 Balloon Fiesta!

***Applications are closed for 2023.  Please check back in February of 2024.  We would love to have you volunteer!

The Zebra application closed on April 30, 2023. Please try back in 2024.  Apply here to be a Zebra!

 Returning Navigators:  Already a Navigator? 

Please email Tracey Hawkins, Navigator Manager with any questions of concerns!