Peeves was a poltergeist. It generally irritated people and rather then helping them as well as making fun of them.

  • Why was Peeves in the school?
  • What is/was the job or work assigned to Peeves?

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Peeves was never a person, therefore it never had a job of work assigned to them.

JKR spoke to this issue directly on the FAQ on her old website

Q : Peeves chews gum, how can he when he is a ghost? (Nearly Headless Nick can't eat).

A : Peeves isn't a ghost; he was never a living person. He is an indestructible spirit of chaos, and solid enough to unscrew chandeliers, throw walking sticks and, yes, chew gum.

She's also provided some extra clarity in a Leaky Cauldron interview in 2005

ES: Why does Dumbledore allow Peeves to stay in the castle?

JKR: Can't get him out.

ES: He's Dumbledore, he can do anything!

JKR: No, no no no no. Peeves is like dry rot. You can try and eradicate it. It comes with the building. You’re stuck. If you've got Peeves you're stuck.

ES: But Peeves answers to Dumbledore -

JKR: Allegedly.

MA: Allegedly?

JKR: Yeah. I see Peeves as like a severe plumbing problem in a very old building, and Dumbledore is slightly better with the spanner than most people, so he can maybe make it function better for a few weeks. Then it’s going to start leaking again. Would you want Peeves gone, honestly?

MA: If I was Harry I might, but as a reader I enjoy him. I enjoyed him most when he started obeying Fred and George at the end of book five.

JKR: Yeah, that was fun. I enjoyed that. That was satisfying. [Laughter.]

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    Dobby wasn't a human, yet he procured employment at Hogwarts through Dumbledore. Firenze was a teacher and he was a centaur. Professor Binns was a ghost and a teacher. Hagrid was half giant, Lupin a werewolf. The latter two being half-human and human respectively. Just thought I'd point that out. Oh, in case we ever have need of it, remember that Professor Lupin taught us the spell Waddiwasi will shoot a wad of chewing gum from the Dark Arts classroom door's lock directly up Peeves' nose! :P Nice answer +1 Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 18:47
  • @Slytherincess - Are you saying that Dobby isn't a person?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 18:53
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    @Richard she said human
    – Philip
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 19:25

Peeves was generated inside Hogwarts.

The poltergeist is an invisible entity that moves objects, slams doors and creates other audible, kinetic disturbances. It has been reported in many cultures and there is a strong association with the places where young people, especially adolescents, are living. Explanations for the phenomenon vary all the way from supernatural to scientific.

It was inevitable that, in a building bursting with teenage witches and wizards, a poltergeist would be generated; it was likewise to be expected that such a poltergeist would be noisier, more destructive and harder to expel than those that occasionally frequent Muggle houses.

Source : Pottermore - Peeves

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