Volunteering

2022 AERONAUT REGISTRATION

We are excited to announce that membership is FREE to anyone wanting to volunteer with GRBR! Register to volunteer for the 2022 event here: https://bit.ly/GRBRAeronaut2022

If you are an organization or service group interested in volunteering at The Great Reno Balloon Race, please contact the GRBR Office at admin@renoballoon.com

What is an Aeronaut?
The Aeronauts are the official volunteer group for The Great Reno Balloon Race. As an Aeronaut, you get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a magical event.

Aeronaut Membership includes:

1. Crew training and a crew achievement program
2. GRBR apparel and parking pass for fulfilling duties (Must work at least two event mornings – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday – in order to receive)
3. Members get to actively (hands-on) assist pilots and are an active part of The Great Reno Balloon Race
4. Saturday Tailgate Party on the field
5. Holiday Appreciation Party in late November/early December for all members who have completed shifts
6. Opportunities to assist hot air balloon pilots as a crew member throughout the entire year

2022 AERONAUT APPLICATIONS & REGISTRATION

Join the Aeronauts: To volunteer at The Great Reno Balloon Race, please fully complete the electronic application. Must be at least 18-years-old to become an official Aeronaut. For more information, email us at admin@renoballoon.com.

If you are an organization or service group interested in volunteering at The Great Reno Balloon Race, please contact the GRBR Office at admin@renoballoon.com

Register to volunteer for the 2022 event here: https://bit.ly/GRBRAeronaut2022

Reminder: Aeronauts must work at least two event mornings (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday) in order to receive official GRBR Apparel.

Find your niche by joining one or more of the Aeronaut Committees (committees are subject to change):

  • Crewing
    • Responsible for working with pilots to help crew their balloon during the event
  • Cloud 9 Management
    • Involved in the set-up and hospitality management of the Cloud 9 VIP Club
  • Rangers
    • Responsible for patrolling the park to keep attendees safe during the event
  • Merchandise
    • Responsible for working in the official GRBR merchandise tent and assisting in set-up/tear-down
  • Field
    • Responsible for the set-up/tear-down of the tents, site preparation prior to the event, and tear-down at the end of the event

Reminder: Aeronauts must work at least two event mornings (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday) in order to receive official GRBR Apparel.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Volunteer Waiver

Aeronaut Guidelines

Register to volunteer for the 2023 event here: REGISTRATION OPENS IN JANUARY 2023

2022 Meeting Dates

Volunteer Check-In Party
Date: September 7th, 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Rancho San Rafael Park, Peavine Pavillion

Aeronaut Holiday Party – invite only
Date: December 1st
Location: Sands Regency
RSVP link will be sent out via email after the event

2022 Crew Training Dates

All crew training will take place at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park (unless noted). Meet at the Chinese Pagoda.

September Crew Training
Date: September 7th, 6 to 7 p.m.
RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/k2JXiQketL7K7sje9

A BIG THANK YOU to the Aeronauts! The Aeronaut Squadron works diligently to ensure The Great Reno Balloon Race runs smoothly and assists with all aspects of the event. They are a vital part of the event and organization, are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave, and we thank them for all of their hard work. They also assist our pilots as crew members during the event and throughout the year.

Many non-profit groups also lend a hand each year, such as CERT, Teen Challenge and others who are a big part of the success of The Great Reno Balloon Race. We cannot forget the Washoe County Parks & Recreation staff who have been with us from the beginning and helped to make Rancho San Rafael not only the picture-perfect setting for the event but also it’s home.

Without the continued support of these diligent and dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to bring you this spectacular and premier hot air ballooning event.