Jenkins was born in 1901 in Gas City, Indiana and attended high school in Woodlawn, Pennsylvania, where he played baseball, basketball and football. He graduated from Syracuse University's New York State College of Forestry in 1925 with a BS degree, having majored in landscape engineering.
Vic played four years of varsity lacrosse at Syracuse, 1922-1925, and was a member of the undefeated United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Championship team in 1924. He received All-American recognition at position of Out Home in 1924 and 1925, and also received the Syracuse "Block S" in both of those years.
From 1926-1934 he played for the Crescent Athletic Club lacrosse team and was captain of the Crescent team in 1930. For one year he helped coach at North High School in Syracuse (1925) and officiated at several college lacrosse games in New York City (1932).
He was a landscape architect with the firm of Clarence Fowler, NYC, 1925-1934, and with the state of Vermont, 1934-1935. He was also superintendent of landscape construction, Dept. of Parks, NYC, 1935-1936, supervisor of revenue producing facilities, Dept. of Parks, NYC, 1936-1945, and president of Vic Jenkins Corp., conducting NYC concessions, NYC Park Dept. 1951-1967.