National Burial Grounds Survey project - GIS intern
sponsored by ecclesiastical
Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

National Burial Grounds Survey project - GIS intern

The Cathedral and Church Buildings division are looking for a candidate wanting to further their career in mapping and wanting to learn more in this area. With the assistance of the Digital Projects Manager, and the Mapping and Graphic Officer in the Research and Statistics team, to undertake a data cleaning exercise using Map Info software and GIS technologies to support the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division with locating, naming and defining the boundaries of the Church of England’s burial grounds and churchyards, as well as those of other denominations, faiths and local authorities, as part of the National Burial Grounds Survey project.

The main responsibilities for this post are as follows;

Under the direction of the Digital Projects and Outreach manager the GIS support intern will be expected to:

  • Assist the Mapping and Graphics Officers with conducting queries of Ordnance Survey datasets using Map Info software to locate burial grounds and churchyards in England.
  • Use Map Info software and other GIS tools such as GRASS to identify the place names of burial grounds and churchyards in England.
  • Support the Digital Projects Manager with generating a unique numbering system for burial grounds and churchyards in England.
  • Assist the Digital Projects Manager by categorising the burial grounds and churchyards of England by type or function.
  • Ensure datasets are arranged and presented in a consistent manner in an Excel spreadsheet in order to facilitate the efficient upload of information into the Church Heritage Record.
  • Assist the Digital Projects Manager with manually correcting data from the Burial Ground Survey project into the Church Heritage Record.

General duties and responsibilities:

  • Performing day-to-day office tasks including (but not limited to) answering emails and telephone enquiries about the National Burial Ground Survey project and assisting with filing.
  • Assist the Digital Projects Manager to promote the heritage of our burial grounds by acting as an advocate for the project.
  • Attending staff meetings on the first Monday of every month

The ideal candidate that we are looking for should have the following;


  • Experience of data entry and proven accuracy skills
  • A Level or equivalent, including History or Geography
  • Strong IT skills (in particular Excel, Internet browsers, and GIS tools)
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Ability to follow an established process or set of instructions
  • Good organisational skills
  • Self-motivated and reliable, a keenness to learn


  • Currently undertaking or recently graduated with a BA in Geography, Computer Science, Archaeology, Surveying and Mapping Sciences, or other relevant field.
  • An interest in religious and architectural history and archaeology
  • Experience of Historic Environment Records or GIS databases
  • Knowledge of Map Info and GRASS software

To apply for the role and to find out more infromation about the post, see our Pathways website