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Questions: Volunteer Coordinator Allie Burnquist at [email protected].

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When the Balloon Museum resumes the volunteer program, you can join our dedicated group of volunteers in greeting museum visitors, guiding school and adult group tours, or helping with special events. No specialized knowledge is necessary to become a volunteer. Balloon Museum staff will teach you everything you need to know in training sessions.

All new volunteers must attend a mandatory "New Volunteer Orientation".  Once a new volunteer completes Orientation, she/he is eligible to volunteer in general support roles at special events, to attend further training sessions and to participate in Volunteer enrichment and appreciation events.  Look for "New Volunteer Orientation" sessions in our upcoming events calendar.

Topics covered in the two hour "New Volunteer Orientation" include:

  • History of the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Mission and Vision Statements and Institutional Values and Principles
  • Exhibitions & Education Programs and Special Events
  • Volunteer Program Overview and General Policies for Volunteers
  • Communication Procedures
  • Volunteer Requirements & Recommendations
  • Balloon Museum Volunteer Code of Ethics

Prospective volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application and clear a mandatory City of Albuquerque Background Check which can take up to two weeks.  If you wish to attend an upcoming Orientation, please keep this in mind.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Balloon Museum is looking for volunteers to assist with everything from helping out at special events, to leading visitors on guided tours, and everything in between. Training, enrichment, and appreciation provided!

Here are our current opportunities for new volunteers:

  • Special Event Support Crew (assisting staff at special events that are held throughout the year at the Museum)
  • Early Childhood Education Helpers (work with the Stories in the Sky team to provide programming for preschool aged visitors)
  • Shoppe Volunteer (assist customers and stock merchandise)
  • Radio-Controlled (RC) Balloon Crew (Learn to crew for a ¼ scale hot air balloon for educational demonstrations)
  • Greeter (welcome visitors to the museum and provide them general information and assistance)
  • 4D Theater Usher (manage flow of visitors into our interactive theater & stock 3D glasses)
  • Field Trip Volunteer (support field trips as a host, activity leader/assistant, gallery guide, gallery attendant, or theater usher)

Volunteer Training and Enrichment

All current and new volunteers, who have completed Orientation, are eligible to attend volunteer training sessions and enrichment opportunities.  View upcoming "Volunteer Training and Enrichment" opportunities.

Volunteers assist with a special event at Balloon Museum.