Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 15.23.51A VOLUNTEER is being sought to help out at one of the region’s most iconic landmarks.

The role at the Tees Transporter Bridge will support the newly upgraded attraction, with duties covering the shop and helping visitors access the new lift.

The £2.6m refurbishment of the 104-year-old bridge and Visitor Experience was officially unveiled earlier this month, making the site one of the region’s leading leisure and heritage destinations.

The Heritage Lottery-funded project included the installation of a new gondola and glass viewing lift alongside state-of-the-art visitor facilities and the construction of a Winding House Viewing Area.

Specific duties involved in the new volunteer role will include staffing the visitor centre, escorting parties to the new lift and dealing with inquiries.

The successful candidate will have good customer care skills, have a good head for heights and preferably be able to give tours via the bridge’s stairs.

Earlier this summer Teesside University English student Laura Forbes spent six weeks working as a volunteer at the Transporter, helping staff with day-to-day running and promotional duties as part of the University’s Summer BOOST Programme.

Laura said her spell at the bridge had boosted her confidence and given her invaluable insight into the management of a visitor attraction, and she has maintained links with the bridge since her placement.

She said: “I would strongly recommend volunteering or pursuing a placement at the Transporter Bridge – it is truly a unique experience.

“I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with people who visit the site, and I have surprised myself with the amount of knowledge I’ve picked up just being around the bridge and the people that are passionate about it.

“I did my best to make sure people’s experience at the Bridge was a positive one.”

Transporter Bridge Supervisor John Ivison said: “This volunteering role is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the true icons of Teesside’s history and heritage.

“But the Transporter is not just a museum piece – it’s a working bridge and a popular tourist and leisure destination so there’s always lots going on.

“For the right person, this role has a great deal to offer at fascinating period in the Transporter’s history.”

To apply for the Transporter Bridge volunteer role, visit http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/volunteer

For more information email transporterbridge@middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 727264.