What we are all about

Wildwood Programs offers a variety of opportunities for individuals looking for rewarding careers where it is possible to make a difference in the lives of others. It is our goal to improve the lives of all members of the Wildwood Family. Our employees make this possible through their dedication and enthusiasm, while always using our values of respect, integrity, holism, and creativity. Wildwood Programs, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested in becoming a part of our team? Apply today!


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Benefits & Perks

Health Care and Well-Being

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Dependent Care Accounts
  • Health Premium Reimbursement (spousal)
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Basic Life / Voluntary Life ad&d
  • Short Term Disability (Wildwood Benefit)
  • Long Term Disability (Wildwood Benefit)


Wellness Program


We offer discounts on employee health insurance payroll deductions or employees can qualify for full spousal reimbursement with a successful completion of the program.


Education and Training

Wildwood is committed to help employees who want to further their education, and skills and abilities by offering tuition assistance and scholarships, and free trainings and seminars on and off premises. All or a portion of the off-premise training will be paid by Wildwood depending on the nature of the course.
  • Tuition Assistance (College/University )
  • Hearst Scholarship (Certification, Seminars, Training)
  • Bart Conover Scholar Program ( Direct Support Positions)


Work Life

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Gift Fund
  • Paid Leaves of Absence 
  • Holiday/Vacations
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Jury Duty
  • Sick/Personal/Maternity Leave
  • Adoptive and Non Birth Parent Leave
  • Unpaid Leaves of Absence  
  • Educational Leaves of Absence 
  • Unpaid Personal Leaves of Absence 
  • Staff Days
  • Day Care Located at our Curry Road location (hyperlink to day care site or word doc)


Savings and Discounts

  • Cell Phone Discounts with Sprint and Verizon
  • Credit Union Membership
  • BJ's Wholesale Club Membership 
  • Napa Auto Parts
  • Flu Shots
  • Notary Public
  • Auto and Home Insurance Discount
  • Apple Product Discounts
  • Free Parking


Retirement Programs

Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plans
403b Fidelity Investments
  • Employer Contributions
  • Employee Contributions


Questions and Answers

  • Where are your jobs advertised?
    We post positions on our website. Occasionally, we use CapitalAreaHelpWanted.com, Times Union, various local newspapers, New York's One Stop and local colleges.
  • What is the hiring process?
    We require applicants to have valid work authorization documentation to apply and employs those who are legally authorized to work. After your application is received, we review it for appropriateness of the position. If you are considered for the position, you will be contacted for an interview by the hiring manager or designee. The process may take several weeks.
  • I am not sure which position to apply for. What should I do?
    Review all the open positions and choose a position that you meet the qualifications and apply.
  • What are you looking for in applicants?
    We are looking for people who love to work with others to help them gain independence and personal growth. Please indicate any experience working with people with developmental disabilities. Experience with people with developmental disabilities helps, but Wildwood trains employees who meet the qualifications.
  • How can I check on the status of my application?
    Due to high volume, we ask that you do not call us. If you would like confirmation that we received your application/resume, you get an automatic e-mail confirmation of receipt after you apply online.
  • Do you have internship opportunities?
    Yes, we welcome interns affiliated with an educational institution and are seeking credit. Please apply to the "volunteer" position on the career page. State the area of interest or program that you are interested in and apply in the same manner as regular job applicants.
  • What is working for Wildwood like?
    Since Wildwood was started by a group of parents, the culture of Wildwood is casual, supportive and family-friendly. We believe in working hard and having fun. We have an employee appreciation and recognition program that celebrates our Agency values of Holism, Honesty, Creativity, Responsibility, Achievement and Respect. Our surveys consistently show 97% of employees love working here!
  • How do I find out about salary information?
    Salary information is provided at the interview.
  • What is the age limit to work, intern, or volunteer for Wildwood?
    You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Do you conduct background checks?
    Yes, depending on the position you are applying for we conduct criminal background checks consistent with all applicable laws. If you are applying for an internship or would like to volunteer you may have to go through background checks.






Diversity Statement

I want to affirm our policy at Wildwood to offer fair and equal employment opportunity for everyone regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.This policy applies to hiring, recruitment, placement, promotion, reclassification, transfer, training, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. The Human Resources Office has the responsibility for implementing and monitoring equal opportunity programs and diversity efforts. All of us however, are responsible to see that equal employment opportunity and diversity are a reality at Wildwood.Diversity is a principal value at Wildwood. We will encourage and sustain an environment of inclusion that embraces awareness and respect for differences among people and empowers each person to share unique strengths, talents and values.

Mary Ann Allen Chief Executive Officer Wildwood Programs Inc.






Our Mission

The Wildwood Foundation advocates for people with developmental disabilities and works toward creating an awareness of how their goals and needs can be met through philanthropy. The Foundation fulfills the philanthropic needs of Wildwood Programs through progressive, cost effective, fund raising initiatives. The Foundation encourages the community’s involvement and investment in Wildwood and strives to build and nurture long-term relationships.


Our Team

Lauren Roecker

Lauren Roecker

Executive Director

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Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Development Information Manager

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Jenn Lawrence

Jenn Lawrence

Manager, Annual Fund and Events

Contact Jennifer

Amy Leisenfelder

Amy Leisenfelder

Director, Community Philanthropy

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Stay Connected

 At Wildwood, we aim to enhance our community by connecting businesses in the Capital Region with qualified job-seekers living with disabilities. Discover how our employment services enable businesses to access federal, state, and public funding that helps hiring professionals create successful job matches, develop effective retention strategies, and adopt a culture of inclusion in the workplace.  

Recruitment Services
Find Good People
  Access an untapped market of qualified candidates with neurologically-based learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders who are looking to lead purposeful lives through part-time and full-time work. Wildwood partners with businesses in many industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, human and public services, hospitality, technology, and administrative fields. We learn about your hiring needs and match your business with qualified candidates who receive our job-assistance services, all at no cost to you.  

Retention Services
Keep Good People
Photo Credit: Earl Dotter and NENYCOSH
When you hire someone who receives services from Wildwood, we can continue to support them both on and off the job to ensure that both your employee and your business thrive. Our skilled Employment Specialists provide support by working closely with employees and employers to ensure your business’ needs are being met successfully. We can help individuals master their job tasks, improve communication, build confidence in their roles, and develop techniques to succeed and advance in the workplace. Supports are individualized and vary in intensity and duration based on the needs of the employee and of your business.



Workplace Inclusion
Be Good People

At Wildwood, we understand that working with an agency like ours may be new territory for hiring managers and current employees at your business. Therefore, we offer free one-on-one consultations and staff trainings to help your business strengthen its commitment to inclusion by building a culture of acceptance. We can also point you to valuable resources like tax credits, training opportunities, and other incentives to hiring workers with disabilities.

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