Fauquier Cemeteries Database Intern

David Fredenburgh

Fauquier Cemeteries Database Intern

Geographic Focus: Fauquier County

Office Location: Home Office/Warrenton Office

Supervisor: Historic Preservation Coordinator

Job Classification: Internship


The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.


Currently, Fauquier County’s cemeteries are documented in a variety of ways in different databases, books, archives, and other sources. Fauquier County GIS Department has a digital cemetery layer, but many of those cemeteries have not been formally documented. The state Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) has numerous cemeteries listed in Fauquier County, but it’s unclear which ones are also in Fauquier County’s GIS database and which are not. Many other sources exist on maps and in books. None of these sources have ever been compared against each other to create a comprehensive list. Without such a comprehensive record, these resources will continue to be threatened because they haven’t been adequately identified and documented.


This position is an internship not to exceed 480 hours.  It is estimated that this person will work 30-40 hours per week over the course of a 12-16 week period.

In order to create a comprehensive cemetery list, the intern will use the following sources to compare against each other:

  • VDHR’s Virginia Cultural Resource Inventory System database
  • Fauquier County GIS Cemetery Layer
  • Eugene Scheel maps
  • Afro-American Historical Association’s cemetery records
  • Fauquier County Tombstone Inscriptions by Nancy C. Baird
  • Any other cemetery records housed at Fauquier Historical Society or Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation
  • Any cemetery records located in the Virginiana Room at the Warrenton Branch library

The results of this project will be a spreadsheet with associated GIS point layer showing locations of all known cemeteries across the county. The Intern will work with VDHR and Fauquier County to update records so that both databases reflect the same documented cemeteries.

This project will provide a tangible community benefit to Fauquier in the form of a single database of historic cemeteries, including many overlooked African-American cemeteries. In addition, it will build PEC’s capacity to research and document historic cemeteries in other areas of the Piedmont by providing a replicable model.


The interns will report to Historic Preservation Coordinator and be responsible for the duties outlined below:

  • Completing a training with VDHR to use V-CRIS, the state’s historic resource database
  • Combining currently listed Fauquier County cemeteries at the state and county level into one excel spreadsheet
  • Researching additional sources of cemeteries, including a to-be provided list of books, and maps
  • Meeting (virtually or in-person) with a to-be provided list of local historical organizations to gather additional information on cemetery locations in the county
  • Combining all known cemeteries into one master spreadsheet that minimizes duplication wherever possible
  • Adding locations of these known cemeteries into ArcGIS as data points
  • Data Entry into V-CRIS to update existing cemetery records and/or add new ones based on information gathered in master spreadsheet


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Background in the fields of history, historic preservation or archaeology is a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office and Google Drive applications


  • $20.00 per hour


As a temporary position, there is no eligibility for fringe benefits.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter,  resume, and a work sample to include past historic preservation - related projects to apply@pecva.org.

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If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted upon your acceptance.



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