Get behind-the-scenes experience, and help make the 2016 Albuquerque Maker Faire HAPPEN!

It’s not too late to help out. Contact our volunteer coordinator using the email address below

IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 and are volunteering, please print out and have your parent or guaradian fill out the MINOR PARTICIPANT ONLY waiver. Bring it with you to the event.

Email us at:

volunteers {at} albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com


What is the Maker Movement?

Join us on a journey to learn about the Maker Movement and use what you learn on site at Maker Faire. Learn new skills. Meet a wide variety of fun people. For no cost but your time, you will be able to join us on site, at pre-event build sessions (make stuff!), and get behind the scenes with Makers and event facility crews.

Want to be part of our Maker Corps?

From the founder of the Maker Movement, Dale Dougherty:

“Makers start with that simple idea to do something, which is why we call it DIY, but soon they find out that there are lots of people like you out there. When you find others, you have a community and that community offers a place to show your work, trade tools and swap ideas, and just have fun. And this isn’t just for some people, or just people who like air cannons.

I believe we are all makers. We can find all kinds of makers in our communities. Yet we also want to help create more makers. Through education and community outreach, we can offer the opportunity to make things to more people, but particularly children. They might find these opportunities at school but also at community centers, summer camps and science centers, or even at home. My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.”

Help us make the world a better place by learning more about the Maker Movement!

Time Commitments

You will need to complete the online training modules learning about the Maker Movement and Maker Faire Training. Then for your onsite experience, schedule in 4-hour blocks of time and we request that you will be available for at least one 4-hour block. Your time can be scheduled all on one day or can be split between several days. Of course, our hope is that you will enjoy working with us at Maker Faire and want to participate throughout the weekend. We’re happy to work with you on your schedule in terms of breaks and time off to experience Maker Faire on your own.

Onsite Departments

  • Set Up Staff — Maker check-in and load-in
  • MAKE Activity Areas — support with keeping the area sfun and safe
  • Maker Shed (store) Assistants — General set-up and basic assembly of materials distributed and sold in the bookstore.
  • Information — Answer questions from the public regarding the attractions and their locations.
  • Make, Reuse & Recycle Coordinator — Monitor recycling stations throughout the Faire and educate Faire goers about proper disposal.
  • Maker Check-In Attendants — Assist Makers with check in, welcome packages and directing them to their location.
  • Maker Assistants — Help as needed with breaks and whatever they may need in the way of assistance to help showcase their project.
  • Crafter Assistants — Help as needed with breaks and whatever they may need in the way of assistance to help showcase their project.
  • General Runners — Task related assignments directed by the Show Office.
  • Crowd Control & Traffic Directional — Help monitor traffic flow and give directions.
  • Safety Waiver Stations — Assist with acquiring signatures on waivers and distributing wristbands.
  • Ticketing and Registration — greet the public up front and get them into the Faire.


For Completion of at least 4 hours or more:

  • Maker Faire Bragging Rights
  • Day Pass to Maker Faire

For Completion of at least 8 hours or more:

  • Maker Faire Bragging Rights
  • 2 – One day Passes to Maker Faire


Please contact:
volunteers {at} albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com


Thanks to all our 2014 volunteers who came to meetings, constructed endless numbers of gear badges, built the EL wire sign, helped set up, man the stations, break down, and everything in between.

2014 Volunteers:

Walter Marquez; Mike Westerfield; Dennis Andrus; Wendi Flybutter; Lisa Casaus; Brian Mitchell & crew & son; David Clements; Natalie Clements; Joe the Friend; Cliff Skolnick; Mary Rafferty; David Alford; Ruby Alford; Sawyer Alford; Amy Traylor; Dilys Ruan; Jonathan Hobson; Tim Forrest; Jessica McElhiney; Susan Cranston; Ellen Dornan; Janine Al-Bayati; Craig Goldsmith; Wayne Bodmer; Jayden Wysynski; Amber Williams; Brian Pritchard; James Neidecker; Jim Overholt; The Hansons (get that license already!); Rapture Goldsmith; Solly “Sometimes” Goldsmith; Girl Scout Troop 59; Anthony Gonzales; TJ Bonzon; Tam Le; Kirk Walker; Allegra Howell; Max Blankley; Nancy Carillo; Shane “Cubed” Shane; Samuel Bird; Wendy Pedersen; Christopher Williams; Thomas Howarth. If we neglected to mention anybody, please forgive us and take an extra bow.

Tip o’ the old throwie to everyone at Quelab (in no particular order, but you superstars know who you are): Juli Fowler; Addie Fryweaver; Walter Duran; Adric Menning; Ray Finch; JT (“4man”) Bennedetto; Darren Moody; Celeste Nichols-Gangwere; Rebecca Snyder; Kevin Wood; Bob Gramley; Geoff Nicholson; Matt Springer; Aidan Shaffer; John Hawley; Terri Oda; Alfred Cochrane; Marz Slabel; Whitney Huster; Garret Hardage; Drew Einhorn; Eric Lee; Sherie Pennebaker; Aaron Birenboim; Ben Cole; Jezzri Cochrane; Whitney Browneller; all the members who so graciously tolerated our laser cutter use and endless parking tickets and who provided so much enthusiastic know-how. We could not have done this without your support.

Last but Not Least:

Endless gratitude to Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire Founder and Executive Director Charel Morris who gives so freely of her time and herself. She also happens to be an officer at Quelab. Thank you, Charel, for making communities and bringing all these wonderful folks together.





Thanks to all our 2013 volunteers who came to meetings, constructed fixtures, helped set up, break down, and everything in between.

2013 Volunteers: David Rodgers; Gustavo Rodgers; Adric Menning; Aubrey Owens; Jerald Cross; the entire Hanson Family (“no relation”); Wendi Flybutter;  Brian Who-Shall-Be-Nameless; David Clements; Natalie Clements; Jessica McElhiney; Susan Cranston; Kristen Hermann; Addie Fryeweaver; Stella Kemper; Alec Valles; Celia Einhorn; Johnny Nichols; Christopher Blaz; Maggie Robinson; Liam Robinson; Ellen Dornan; Janine Al-bayati; Mary Rafferty; David Alford; Bandit; Cliff Skolnick; George Athens; Heather Hurd; Tom Hamilton; Marco Berry; Greg Moran; Craig Goldsmith; Dan Daniels; Wayne Bodmer (emeritus); Anna Alvarado; Fred Hintze; Yvonne Padilla; Dayna Diamond; Kathleen Connors; Juli Fowler; QueLab and all of its members. (And of course, anybody we neglected to include — mea culpa!)


Thanks to all our 2012 Volunteers who are truly the Makers of this Faire. They are amazing and they can accomplish anything. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

2012 Volunteers: Adric Menning, Antonio Minitrez, Aryon Hopkins, Aubrey Owens, Beverly Bennett, Caroline Dennis, Craig Goldsmith, Danielle Ferreira, Holly von Winckel, Jeff Phipps, Jerry Cross, Jessica McElhiney, Jessica Weybright, Jimena Bodmer, John Ayala, Kristen Sandoval, Larry Dishman, Lisa Casaus, Luke Davis, Maggie Gould, Marissa Perez, Mike Nadler, Nathan Wallwork, Patty Meyer, Ricky Chavez, Sarah Barba, Sean Leonard, Suzanne Feldberg, Tim Torres, Walter Duran, Wayne Bodmer and Wendi Flybuttter.

…And to Quelab who basically said YES before I even asked them to co-host this Maker Faire. If you haven’t drop in to Quelab you are missing out on a great experience.

Thanks you everyone. Enjoy the Faire!
Charel Morris, Organizer

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