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Volunteer

Share the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.

The Balloon Museum Year-Round Volunteer Program is currently on hold. In the meantime please consider volunteering at the Balloon Museum during Balloon Fiesta October 1-9, 2022.

We plan to relaunch our Year-Round volunteer program soon, so please check back often for updates.


Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Zulevi at [email protected].


Learn new things. Meet people from all over the world. Delve into history, science, and technology. Inspire people to explore, discover, and achieve!

When the Balloon Museum resumes the volunteer program, you can join our dedicated group of volunteers. 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".  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

New Volunteer Requirements

  • Create a volunteer profile on the OneABQ volunteer page if you don’t already have one.
  • All City Volunteers are required to pass a background check. The process is initiated online when first signing up as a City of Albuquerque volunteer. If you already cleared the background check through the OneABQ volunteer page, you will not need to do so again.
  • Register for and attend New Volunteer Orientation at the Balloon Museum.
  • After completing Orientation, you are free to sign up for general support roles and for additional position training through the OneABQ volunteer system.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

General Support roles 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 and Music in the Sky team to provide programming for preschool aged visitors)
  • Shoppe Volunteer (assist customers and stock merchandise)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Assistance (prep materials for an event or activity or provide back-office help to Museum or Foundation staff)

Growth opportunities for Balloon Museum volunteers who complete additional training:

  • Field Trip Volunteer (support field trips as a host, activity leader/assistant, gallery guide or gallery attendant)
  • RC Balloon Crew
  • Greeter (welcome visitors to the museum and provide them general information and assistance)
  • Docent (lead guided tours for visitors throughout the Balloon Museum exhibitions)

Volunteer Training and Enrichment

All 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.