Department of Recreation, Hospitality, & Parks Management

Jesse Engebretson

Assistant Professor

Jesse Engebretson is an assistant professor who teaches courses in parks and natural resource management.  He is dedicated to using innovative and participatory teaching strategies to get students outside and in nature, which is where learning about parks and outdoor recreation management happens best! As part of his teaching, he brings students to public lands all across the state, from Yosemite National Park to the Redwoods! As a collaborator with Chico State's Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Wildland Management, Jesse serves as the chair to several students and loves to help students craft meaningful research and professional projects. In his own research, Jesse has publications on a variety of topics, including wilderness history and management, public perceptions of wildfire, and the human dimensions of urban ecology. He is very excited about his most recent work with the US Forest Service, for which he is exploring the lived reality of unhoused people who use public land for camping. 

Jesse loves to talk to students about coursework, career paths, and anything else! Please reach out to him to chat! 

Portrait of Jesse Engebretson
  • PhD Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems and Society
  • MA University of Kent, Environmental Anthropology
  • BS University of Minnesota, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  •  BA University of Minnesota, Anthropology

Link to Vitae (PDF)