Well not really…

Most Park Ranger jobs im looking at have the following:

“If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.”

Living in New Zealand and Australia during those ages (18-26yrs) I was fully unaware of the need to register and now as I look into the dream of working in The National Parks of America I find that that door could perhaps already be closed.


From the Select Services Website.

“A non-registrant may not be denied any benefit if he can “show by a preponderance of evidence” that his failure to register was not knowing and willful. Offer as much evidence supporting your case, and as much detail, as possible.”

Essentially it is up to the hiring company to make the decision as to whether you willfully avoided registration or not. They cant deny you the opportunity to prove to them that you were unaware of the need:

“The benefit agency official handling your case, not the Selective Service, will determine whether you have shown that your failure to register was not a knowing and willful failure to register. The final decision regarding your eligibility for the benefit that you seek will be made by the agency granting the benefit (for example, for student financial aid, this would be the school’s financial aid officer). In some agencies, an appeals process is available.”


Posted on December 29, 2009, in Life. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. So can you register now or find another way around this.I would think there would be something as you were out of contry for those years..Just tossing ideas out.

    • Yeah its too late to register as im over 26. There is hope however. Read the entry update. Oh and thanks for reading and the advice!!!

    • In all honesty I would love to but cant right now for two reasons:
      1) I dont think i have the courage to try moving to canada right now
      2) im intrigued by the parks service in america. Im in love with the parks here.

  2. Can you say “Screw you” to the man and flee to Canada, seek refugee status and get a Park Ranger job there?

  3. yeah, come to canadia, we’re way more easy going!

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