Barry joined Cape York NRM staff in 2017 as Project Coordinator - Fire Management after being the Conservation Sector Director for Cape York NRM between 2010 -2013 and 2015-2017.
He has worked as Ranger–in-Charge on numerous Cape York National Parks dating back to 1979 and as district ranger for southern Cape York with the Queensland Department of Environment. Most recently was Ranger-in-Charge of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in northern Cape York.
Five years were spent operating Lyon’s Bush Guides Service, an eco-tourism business showcasing Cape York’s Wildlife and Landscapes to tourists via bush safaris, and guiding film and documentary crews.
Barry has written numerous articles for various publications on natural history and outdoor recreational subjects and is a regular contributor to the Cape York News.
Barry has been pivotal in the establishment of the Wenlock Catchment Management Group and in Conservation meetings across Cape York.